“[Cotterill’s] stories may glide by on their humor and wonderful characters, but the reason his books come alive, the reason his series continues to be worth reading, is the author's deep understanding of these people and their beautiful, troubled land. This depth enables him to bring us there for a brief vacation, make us feel, and still keep us laughing. Like Dr. Siri, Colin Cotterill has a touch of magic about him.”—The Boston Globe
“Cotterill’s approach in Curse of the Pogo Stick—so measured and offhand—actually achieves a remarkable feat: It cuts through all the never-again media saturation genocidal regimes often generate, and it makes us take notice once more. We wind up caring about Cotterill’s characters, because they’re mostly either decent or at least understandably flawed and therefore human. By avoiding the nastiness and nihilism of noir, they reach a sympathetic, soulful reality writers rarely pull off.”—Paste Magazine
“Cotterill’s ironic pen [is] as sharp as ever.”—Kirkus Reviews
Auntie Bpoo, the transvestite fortune-teller of Vientiane, Laos, has foretold that the seventy-three-year-old newlywed Dr. Siri and his equally mature bride will have children by the end of the year. When Siri helps Hmong villagers in peril, the prediction comes true.
Colin Cotterill, author of five previous books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife. His books have been Book Sense picks, and he won the Dilys Award for Thirty-Three Teeth.
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