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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Siri Paiboun is summoned to the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current communist government hid in caves, waiting to assume power. Now a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, but an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk laid from the president’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Siri must supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify it, and determine the cause of death.
The autopsy provides some surprises, but it is his gifts as a shaman that enable the 73-year-old doctor to discover why the victim was buried alive and to identify the killer.
©2006 Colin Cotterill (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Purely entertaining…Elements of the ritualistic killings are pretty gross and the spooks can be scary; but as the author gently points out, life would be dreary without a few thrills.” ( New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 06-01-17

Life goes on

it is hard to explain why a series about a 72-year-old French-trained physician working under repressive conditions for a regime he gave his youth to put in power should be so life-affirming. It is hard to explain why the mysticism that underlies the stories and frequently moves the plot should work so well.

So I won't try.

Just be sure to start at the start of the series,The stories actually get better, but the first book helps ground you in the environment that Mr. Cotterill has created..

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 07-08-17

A delightful non-detective!


ghosts, history-and-culture, historical-fiction, magic, murder-investigation, muted-humor

Dr. Siri is at it again! Our slyly amusing National Coroner and his nurse Dtui are called away to investigate a gruesome corpse. The ensuing investigation is more than a little unusual and full of red herrings and sneaky twists. Very shortly after they left, the self serving head of the justice department arranged to have Mr Geung transported by the army to a remote area simply because the valuable morgue assistant has Down's. That is another complicated tale and parallel to the other. All in all, this is a fascinating read!
Clive Chafer is the great narrator here!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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