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Publisher's Summary

Three young Laotian women have died from fencingsword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an allexpensespaid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, 74-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.
Crack another case with Dr. Siri.
©2010 Colin Cotterill (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Superb…A strong supporting cast…This immensely satisfying mystery has it all—a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 07-08-17

It's not all fiction

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jenny W. Rudolph on 11-19-17

Mystery and politics are truly combined

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.

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