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Curse of the pogo stick
Colin Cotterill
Adult Fiction COTTERI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the engaging fifth entry in Cotterill's unusual crime series set in 1970s Laos (after 2007's Anarchy and Old Dogs), members of the Hmong tribe, an oppressed minority, spirit away coroner Siri Paiboun, for whom marriage looms, to aid in an exorcism revolving around the titular pogo stick. Cotterill sympathetically depicts the Hmong's plight, striking a good balance between comedy and seriousness. The autopsy and investigation into the death of an unknown soldier booby-trapped with a grenade add intrigue. Readers will welcome such familiar characters as Madame Daeng, lab assistant Mr. Gueng and Nurse Dtui, though their perspectives tend to distract from Dr. Siri's predicament. The time spent with the Hmong, not the attendant mysteries, provides the most satisfaction. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In his fifth appearance, national coroner Dr. Siri is kidnapped by fellow Hmong villagers to lift the curse of the pogo stick after a booby-trapped corpse wreaks havoc in his morgue. Cotterill lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Siri Paiboun
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Age: 73
Laotian
Able to see the spirits of dead people; abducted by a Hmong tribe to aid in an exorcism.
Doctor



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