In Vientiane, a booby-trapped corpse, intended for Dr. Siri, the national coroner of Laos, has been delivered to the morgue. In his absence, only Nurse Dtui’s intervention saves the lives of the morgue attendants, visiting doctors, and Madame Daeng, Dr. Siri’s fiancée.
On his way back from a communist party meeting in the north, Dr. Siri is kidnapped by seven female Hmong villagers under the direction of the village elder so that he will—in the guise of Yeh Ming, the thousand-year-old shaman with whom he shares his body—exorcise the headman’s daughter whose soul is possessed by a demon, and lift the curse of the pogo stick.
Praise for Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri Paiboun Series:
"[A] series of terrifically beguiling detective novels steeped in local color and history."—The New York Times Book Review
"A delightfully fresh and eccentric hero."—John Burdett
"Unpredictable.... Tragically funny and magically sublime."—Entertainment Weekly
"A crack storyteller and an impressive guide to a little-known culture."—Washington Post Book World
"Crisp, intelligent ... a hero unlike any other."—Philadelphia Enquirer
"[A] wryly entertaining mystery that makes tracking a psychopathic killer more enjoyable than you would expect.... Long live Dr. Siri."—Washington Times
"This wonderful series has consistently managed to convey the beauty and sadness of this damaged country through the wisdom and humor of its protagonist."—Boston Globe
"Delightful. A wry, eccentric addition to the genre."—Booklist, Starred Review