In 1978 in poverty-stricken Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody—a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered.
On a trip to the hinterlands, Siri discovers that many women have been killed in this way. He sets out to investigate this unprecedented phenomenon—a serial killer in peaceful Buddhist Laos—only to discover, when he has identified the murderer, that not only pretty maidens are at risk: 73-year-old coroners can be victims too.
“It is part of Colin Cotterill’s skill that he grips the reader by intercutting between the cerebral deductions of Siri and the determined planning of the killer…Tight plotting and a background full of the sounds and color of the Orient make this a fascinating read.” (Independent (London))
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Marriage from Hell
- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""
Merry, but not in a Socially Acceptable Way
I would recommend this book to a friend but I would caution the friend to make time to listen to it. This is not a book that can be listened to while doing something else
I refer to the same author, the book "Thirty-three Teeth." It has the same style as far as sharp, challenging, sarcastic, dry, droll wit.
I have only listened to his performances in this series. I don't think I will be able to imagine him as anyone other than Dr. Siri Phaibuon
Dr. Siri's conversation with Deng in which Deng compared her and Dr. Diri's earlier lives to an undeveloped peanut. Very moving.
I liked it enough that I have now purchased five books in the series. I will purchase the other five.
- Ron K "Ronald Keeler"