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Published by Soho Crime. 10 May 2016. ISBN
A package arrives addressed to
Dr. Siri Paiboun, the retired Laos coroner, containing a pha sin (a knitted
dress). Examining it, he discovers a severed finger sewn into the hem,
setting him, his wife and a friend on a sort of treasure hunt in the
northern part of the country in the midst of the beginning of an invasion of
Vietnam by China, with PRC troops making incursions into Laos to establish a
third front. To complicate matters, the good doctor and his wife exhibit
flu-like symptoms, which continually worsen as the trip progresses.
The object of the trip is to discover who sent the
package, which had no return address. So, traveling from village to
village, from weaver to weaver, to identify each package containing another pha
sin and a clue sewn into the hem given to him at each location, the trio plod
on. Along the way they encounter an opium-and heroin-smuggling operation
and a nasty, murderous foreman of a road-building group sponsored by the
All in all, this is another bizarre adventure for
Dr. Siri, and he is complemented by his madcap entourage and their caustic
humor enabling them to cope with the vagaries of the communist regime in
Vientiane. This time, his sardonic humor doesn’t help him solve the
couple of mysteries haunting him. But logic and planning come to the
fore. Lots of fun, and recommended.
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.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor
for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly publications.
Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're now retired,
they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear online as well
as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.