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Slash and Burn: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 8)

Slash and Burn: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Colin Cotterill
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'Terrifically beguiling detective novels steeped in local colour and history' New York Times.

'The stories are expertly plotted, the characters are superbly drawn and the setting is as authentic as it is colourful' Mail on Sunday.

'Colin Cotterill's hero is an absolute diamond' Daily Telegraph.

'Another enjoyable episode in the adventurous life of this coroner' Irish Independent.

'This is exuberant stuff, delivered with Cotterill's usual panache' Good Book Guide.

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Dr Siri's bagged himself a holiday with his friends - an all-expenses-paid trip to the mountains of Laos. He is to assist a US-funded search for a lost CIA pilot - Boyd Bowry - missing since 1968, though Siri strongly suspects that when the helicopter exploded, the pilot followed suit.

But, just hours into the trip, it becomes apparent that ulterior motives are at work within the group and those associated with the airman start dropping like the insects that frequent the surrounding landscape.

Siri and co are caught up in something big. Something that goes way back and is way over their heads. And, if this wasn't bad enough, a psychic of unquestionable repute then informs Siri that he's about to die - in 'a day or two', to be precise.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857381970
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Colin Cotterill is the author of the Dr. Siri series of novels. Born in London, he has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for non-governmental social service organizations. He now writes full-time and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time No See - But Now Dr Siri is Back!!! 15 Nov 2011
After the misadventures our admired hero, the Laotian against-his-will-coroner Dr Siri had to suffer in the book Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery he surely deserves an all-expenses-paid holiday trip to the northern mountains of Laos.
The more as he is literally counting the hours and minutes to leave his undesired working place for the long merited retirement.
But - what is a holiday without Your nearest and dearest?
In the end, with a little help from a close friend named 'Blackmail', he travels not only accompanied by his wife Mrs Daeng and his old friend Civilai. Oh no, with him on the trip there are his loyal staff members from the morgue of Vientiane, too: Mr Geung and Nurse Dtui with her hubby Inspector Phosy, and her admirer Commander Lit, the latter for 'military advice'.
The less desired of the whole company is Dr Siri's old nemesis Judge Haeng, who brings along his cousin Vinai as a Lao/English interpreter.
Interpreter for what, You may ask, on a pleasure ride to a mountain side?
Ha - and here is the hook in the flesh of our merry company.
The whole trip is funded by one US Senator Bowry in search of his son Boyd, gone MIA (Missed In Action) from the CIA (...)in August 1968 together with his chopper.
So there are a lot of Americans with quite a lot more different concernes joining the party.
From slippery-as-an-eel-politicians, solid soldiers, a hawaiian doctor, to a young and fruity traslator named Peach. The more, the better...
So they all depart for the North, directed to Long Cheng aka Spook City, from where the explosion of Boyd Bowry's chopper had been heard a long time ago.
And in a village not far away it had also been seen - 'A Dragon that hit the Moon'.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to all Dr Siri fans ! 8 Nov 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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For those who have never read any of the Dr Siri books, this is number 8 - and you really should start with the first book in the series "The Coroners Lunch". The stories are set in Laos in the 1970's following the takeover of the country by the communist Pathet Lao. Dr Siri is an elderly French trained doctor, who having spent many years patching up soldiers in the jungle, feels that he's "done his bit for the revolution" and looks forward to a peaceful retirement. Alas, nearly all of the Lao people with medical training have either died or fled across the border, so Dr Siri is "promoted" against his will, to a post for which he has never received any specialist training, State Coroner of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

The revolution has spawned a swathe of pompous bureaucrats, tedious propaganda and absurd regulations, and Dr Siri views it all with a deliciously cynical and mischievious eye. Yet somehow he always manages to get himself embroiled in plots, murders and mayhem. Further complications are caused by the fact that this man of science is host to an ancient ancestral deity Yeh Ming, and is plagued by visits from spirits of the dead. Most uncomfortable in a country which now officially declares "Superstition is Dead" !

The previous book to "Slash & Burn" was rather harrowing, as Dr Siri was captured and tortured by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. In this book however, although the subject matter is serious the author has returned to the light-hearted humour of the other books in the series.

At last Dr Siri is really going to be allowed to retire - but he can't resist one more "adventure", and agrees to join a mixed Lao -American team searching for a "Missing in Action" American pilot in the remote Northern jungle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 25 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
All the Dr Siri books are good. This one is even better. Read it for yourself, I am not giving a hint about the plot
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: You know?

Dr. Siri, the nearly 80 year old corner of Laos, wants to retire and spend some time with his wife before he dies; a death predicted by the local transvestite fortuneteller. Yet it agrees to one last job. Ten years earlier, during the Vietnam War, a US fighter pilot went down in the jungle. A search party of Americans and Laotian scientists and high-level politicians set out to find the pilots remains. They don’t expect to be trapped in a remote cabin due to smoke. Even less, do they expect one of their party to die.

From the very beginning, it’s clear that this isn’t your usual mystery, unless you read a lot of books where the protagonist embodies a centuries-old shaman and a transvestite fortune teller are among the charters. But the wonderfully quirky cast of characters is only one thing that makes this book a delight to read. However, one thing devotedly to be wished, would be a cast of characters at the beginning of the book, as it did become confusing at times.

Excellent descriptions; “But the setting was idyllic. It wasn’t yet 10:00 A.M. and not all the mist had burned away from the surrounding mountains. The sun was still a fuzzy egg yolk behind a lace curtain. The air was fresh and tingled the back of Siri’s throat. The sound of running stream water provided the soundtrack. The second hands on the watches on the wrists of the Americans began to crawl more slowly around the faces. Time had altered.”

The book is filled with humor, but there’s pathos as well. We’re presented with a country subjected to war, and a description of a village which has lost an “entire generation of able-bodied young men.” Tucked into this story is the remarkable story of what happened to the people of this area.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars there's got to be another one, or two or three....
I've finished the series and lost a friend. This can't happen! Dr. Siri and I are of an age.... So come on Colin, there's a few more scrapes left yet, surely.....
Published 8 months ago by Brigueil
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Dr Siri!!!
I have read all the Dr Siri books and this one is as good as all the rest. Can't wait for the next.
Published 13 months ago by AmandaC
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Super Slash
I am surprised that some other reviewers do not think this is up to the usual standard of the Dr Siri series. I think Colin Cotterill's series is getting better and better. Read more
Published 20 months ago by nickyb
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the rest
I have read all the Dr Siri mysteries and this is as good as the rest. A real page turner and a make you smile ending. Great job Mr Cotterill!
Published 21 months ago by Angie Stinchcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Read
Dr Siri never disappoints,all the usual twist and turns with humour and keeps you guessing until the end.Intelligent writing from a favourite author.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mystery, amazing conclusion
Dr Siri triumphs again, along with the usual suspects in an amazingly complicated tale set in Laos in the late 70s and involving gold, spirits,the aftermath of the Vietnam war and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Maura Wilsom
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Siri ya wee darlin' you!
Continuing my love affair with Dr Siri, this novel did not disappoint.
So so funny and appeals to all generations (my 16 year old daughter has read them too - AND loved... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pamela Morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I absolutely love Dr. Siri and gang, each new book eagerly looked forward to. The Slash and Burn plot was gripping, all the characters were there, what was missing? Read more
Published 22 months ago by P. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Door way to Laos
Rattling good yarn which gives a glimpse of the heart of this extraordinary country. Dr Siri is a wonderful creation.
Published 23 months ago by JohnHB
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