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Slash and Burn (Dr. Siri Mysteries Book 8) by [Cotterill, Colin]
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Book 8 of 10 in Dr. Siri Mysteries (10 Book Series)
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Praise for the Dr. Siri Paiboun series:

''A series of terrifically beguiling detective novels steeped in local color and history'' --New York Times Book Review

''Unpredictable . . . Tragically funny and magically sublime.'' --Entertainment Weekly

''A crack storyteller and an impressive guide to a little-known culture.'' --Washington Post Book World

About the Author

COLIN COTTERILL was born in London. He has taught in Australia, the United States, and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for nongovernmental social-service organizations. He now writes full time and lives in Thailand. His books have been Book Sense Picks, and he won the Dilys Award and a Crime Writers' Association Library Dagger for Thirty-Three Teeth.

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  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PIQ8I
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By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 24, 2011
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Colin Cotterill is an expert at blowing smoke in the eyes of the reader. Smoke pervades almost every page of this book.

The time is 1978. The place: deep in the wilds of northern Laos. Dr. Siri has been chosen to join a Lao-American delegation in search of a pilot downed ten years previously. Soon after the delegation arrives at a primitive jungle hotel, the air fills with smoke, purportedly from slash and burn farming. But it's the wrong time of year. What exactly is going on?

More than you could possibly imagine. The reader is in for multiple, overlapping, interlocking surprises as the complex plot unfolds.

The zero-star hotel hosting the delegates is surrounded by a war-tortured landscape full of unexploded ordnance. Definitely a no-walk zone. Add to that the ever-thickening smoke, and you have a terrific locale for a mystery liberally spiced with political tension, spying, profiteering, CIA shenanigans, and spiritual interventions.

You'll encounter a number of quirky characters from previous books, as well as additional eccentrics. I particularly liked the drunken American major who can't stop hugging, the cross-dressing soothsayer, and Siri's lab assistant with Down's syndrome who cannot tell a lie.

I loved the early Dr. Siri mysteries, but stopped reading them after his possession by a thousand-year-old shaman spirit. Things got too crazy for me. But Siri's spirits are fairly well behaved in this book. The cross-dressing fortuneteller is the main one in touch with the spirit world, and she's quite pragmatic about it.

I admired this book for its devious plot, its unusual setting and its large cast of strange characters.
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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 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.
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As an (mostly) airborne resident of Laos for a couple of years--a helicopter pilot for Air America--I've truly enjoyed Cotterill's Laotian characters, descriptions of the country, and his writing style. He knows Laos. He knows the Laotian people. He knows little about the American military and in particular the helicopter world. And I always wonder if the inaccuracies are deliberate (wherein they are political) or unintentional (when near slanderous, they should concern him in my opinion). I may be the only guy in the world who cares. So all of the rest of you can dismiss this review. If you haven't read the book, you won't understand my comments. Sorry. First, you could not get to be a pilot in the Marine Corps (where most of the Air America helicopter pilots came from) without a college degree or two years of college before entering the cadet program. Period.Your racial identity had nothing to do with it. We had black pilots in every squadron I flew in while in the Corps. Some were great guys and great pilots (Don Ringold comes to mind) who I love seeing at the reunions. And some were jerks--I won't name those. So the entire bit in the book about not letting the minority crew chief become a pilot due to racism is just-crap. Not sure why he felt it had to be in the book unless you are making a silly statement about race in America. Wrong place. Wrong book. Wrong information.
As to some of the professed flight maneuvers contemplated in the book (I'm really not sure if it was supposed to be taken seriously) such as letting yourself down on a hoist, they fall into what we H-34 drivers would call-impossible. The problem with the hilarious descriptions of possible maneuvers? I didn't get the impression they were supposed to be hilarious.
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