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Curse Of The Pogo Stick (Dr. Siri Paiboun #5)

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Dr Siri Paiboun, Laos' reluctant national coroner, confused psychic, and disheartened communist, faces exploding corpses, kidnap, demonic possession and - obviously - a cursed pogo stick.
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2008)
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Richard Derus
Aug 02, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: 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
Fifth book in the Siri adventures proves delightful. In this installment we are introduced to Hmong culture, opening with an interpretation of how the Hmong lost their history and written language. The first shaman gifts his people with the geng pipes, so they would be able to guide the dead to the Otherworld, giving them "a musical language that communicated directly from one soul to another." The piping transports us to the world of the morgue, where two auditors investigating Siri are complai ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something of the flavor of McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe stories, but with substance. Set in Laos in the 70s, his aging coroner is a reluctant detective and more reluctant host for spirits.
Apr 28, 2011 Joanray04 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, which starts with The Coroner's Lunch, Thirty-Three Teeth, Disco for the Departed, and then Anarchy and Old Dogs. Curse of the Pogo Stick is the fifth and I have the sixth waiting, The Merry Misogynist. The main character is Dr. Siri, a coroner in Laos in the late 1970s, who mixes science and the Buddhist religion well, and is helped along by a ghost and a little magic. He is in his 70s, has a wry sense of humor and great compassion for his country and the wonderful character ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Scilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book of the Dr. Siri series. It is set in Laos in the late 1970's after the communists have taken over. Dr. Siri, now in his seventies, fought with the communists in the jungle. He is named national coroner in the new regime. His two assistants are Nurse Dtui, who would like to be a doctor and Mr. Geung, who has Down's syndrome. Although a longtime communist, Dr. Siri is not happy with the government, and does not always do as his boss wishes. He is the reincarnation of Yeh Min ...more
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