Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime On Sale: November 1, 2005 Price: $15.95
Laos, 1975. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.