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Slash and Burn (2011)

by Colin Cotterill

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historical-places-events, history-and-culture, historical-novel, Laos, verbal-humor, spooks

Dr Siri gets railroaded into a fools errand along with his nemesis and a collection of Laotians and Americans, but he tosses in a monkey wrench by insisting upon bringing his own team of professionals. There are more red herrings and misdirection than usual, along with a non American perspective on the real reasons for interference in the wars in Indochina. The fortune teller manages to appear and proves to be more useful than expected. Be ready for more twists than a bag full of pretzels and some really snarky humor.
Thanks again to Clive Chafer for his excellent narrative ability. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jul 17, 2017 |
Siri is ordered north to look for an MIA, and he manages to take his whole crew as well as his wife on what he presumes will be a little holiday. Of course, complications ensue.

I didn't love this Dr. Siri mystery as much as some of the previous ones - a bit too much preparation for me, until the real story began, and not nearly enough Ya Ming and other mysterious happenings. In fact, one of the biggest red herrings looked completely contrived. However, a satisfactory ending, of course, and some funny stuff in between. ( )
  ffortsa | Jun 11, 2017 |
This story opens in 1968 when Boyd Bowry, son of a U.S. senator, is presumed dead after the helicopter he was flying exploded over a remote village in the northern mountains of Laos. Flash forward ten years where septuagenarian, Doctor Siri Paiboun, the country's only coroner, has been tasked with forming a delegation to meet with some Americans who are interested in finding out what happened to Boyd and to see if they can recover any remains. Dr. Siri decides it's the perfect time to gather his close friends and family for a little “mini” vacation.

That means fans of this humorous series will travel along with Dr Siri, his wife (Madame Daeng), his nurse (Dtui) and his Down's Syndrome morgue attendant (Mr. Geung). He also brings along Dtui's husband, along with his oldest friend, his nasty boss and a transvestite fortune teller. Mountainous terrain and rainy weather are just some of their problems, but it soon becomes apparent the Americans want to control the flow of information. Naturally, someone will end up dead and Dr Siri and his eccentric team will have to solve the murder themselves.

This might not be the series for everyone but if you are a fan, you will love another trek into the jungle with this wonderfully peculiar group of characters. Everyone around Dr Siri plays their part in solving the mystery of not just the more recent murder, but the crash and disappearance of Boyd Bowry. I loved the audio, narrated by Clive Chafer and can't wait to get my hands on the next Dr. Siri adventure. ( )
1 vote Olivermagnus | Jul 7, 2016 |
Yet another wonderful, and wonderfully read, Dr Siri book. In this one, Siri and his friends are part of a mission to find a downed helicopter and its pilot, presumed dead ten years... ( )
  DavidO1103 | Oct 3, 2015 |
Quixotic story of a Laotian mortician, called in to support the investigation of a report of the discovery of an American pilot from the Vietnam war. Cast of characters is unpredictable,events unexpected,and the reader is just along for the ride. Fun read. ( )
  Pmaurer | Dec 9, 2014 |
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You know? Being shut up in a cage with a live bear was a piece of cake compared to being drunk and high in charge of half-a-million dollars' worth of flying metal.
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Supervising an excavation for the remains of a U.S. fighter pilot who crashed in a northern Laos jungle a decade earlier, national coroner Dr. Siri becomes suspicious when a series of fatal accidents culminates in his team getting trapped in a cabin.

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