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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Siri hits the mark again....., 3 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Slash and Burn: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 8) (Kindle Edition)
I took to Colin Cotterill's hero a long time ago when I read a conversation between Dr Siri and his friend , the retired general. They met every day by the Mekong River, and every conversation began with: Hot, isn't it? - Bloody hot! This confirmed my long-held suspicion that it's not just visitors to places like Laos that find the heat stifling. The locals do too - they just don't tell you.

Cotterill evokes the heat and the claustrophobic atmosphere of Red Laos very well. His Laotian characters are always fun but this book also presents a cast of very dodgy American politicians up to no good in the Laotian countryside. Cotterill does the set pieces very well: the Americans are assigned an interpreter who doesn't actually speak English; they are lodged in a hotel surrounded by a minefield; they are plied with drinks but then forced to spend hours being welcomed by a Laotian politician before a comfort stop is allowed.

Dr Siri is a delight, wry, funny and totally subversive - and too old to care what his political masters think.
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