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serial-killer, madness, murder-investigation, Khymer-Rouge, historical-fiction, historical-places-events, history-and-culture, verbal-humor, Indo-China
Once again, there are convoluted converging plots here. The investigation into a series of homicides committed daily x 3 with a weapon incongruous to Indochina is further complicated by the varied communists from Russia, China, and Vietnam. The other part is a cautionary tale in the guise of Dr Siri's experiences in Cambodia during the bloodbath that was the Khymer Rouge. If you are too young to remember and are lucky enough not to have lost anyone during this horror, I do assure you that it was at least as horrific as depicted in this book. Despite that, the detective fiction aspect was excellent!
I commend narrator Clive Chafer for being able to perform the gruesome aspects with a reasonably unemotional voice.
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I was enchanted by the combination of a complex murder mystery with upsetting yet fascinating history of Cambodia and Laos. The almost dream like wanderings of Dr. Siri psi boon through the Kampuchean killing fields situation was gripping and illuminating. Of course I love Madame getting who always reminds me of characters played by Judy Dench.