|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Dec 2011|
|Number of Pages:||290|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0|
Pushing 80 and just a whisper away from his retirement as Laos's national coroner, Dr. Siri is called into action when an MIA delegation comes to investigate a possible sighting of an American fighter pilot believed dead since 1968. Siri and his forensics team, including his clever wife, have no choice but to join the Laotian-U. S. group in a remote area of the country. Then, stuck in an outpost from he'll, the members of the isolated delegation are systematically murdered. Just below a veneer of diplomacy and genuine concern lies the insidious truth. Who better than Siri and his colleagues to smoke out the real reason behind this mission.
VERDICT Adept Dr. Siri (Love Songs from a Shallow Grave) once again turns to Georges Simenon's fictional Inspector Maigret for inspiration. Don't even think about missing this final volume; the entire series is destined to be a classic. Readers who enjoy Michael Stanley's Dr. Kubu series will find themselves addicted to this one as well. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
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Dr. Siri might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he’s tired of being Laos’s national coroner, a job he never wanted in the first place. Plus, he’s pushing eighty, and wants to spend some time with his wife before his untimely death (which has been predicted by the local transvestite fortune teller).
But retirement is not in the cards for Dr. Siri after all. He’s dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of U.S. fighter pilot who went down in the remote northern Lao jungle ten years earlier. The presence of American soldiers in Laos is a hot-button issue for both the Americans and the Lao involved, and the search party includes high-level politicians and scientists. But one member of the party is found dead, setting off a chain of accidents Dr. Siri suspects are not completely accidental. Everyone is trapped in a cabin in the jungle, and the bodies are starting to pile up. Can Dr. Siri get to the bottom of the MIA pilot’s mysterious story before the fortune teller’s prediction comes true?
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