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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Cotterill Narrator: Clive Chafer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dr. Siri Paiboun Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781470804138
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In Vientiane, Laos, a booby-trapped corpse intended for Dr. Siri, the national coroner, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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.”

    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

  • “In the engaging fifth entry in Cotterill’s unusual crime series set in 1970s Laos, members of the Hmong tribe, an oppressed minority, spirit away coroner Siri Paiboun…Cotterill sympathetically depicts the Hmong’s plight, striking a good balance between comedy and seriousness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this delightful, fifth Dr. Siri novel…Cotterill once again manages a winning combination of elements: crisp plotting, exotic locations, endearing characters, political satire, witty dialogue, otherworldly phenomena, and a deep understanding of Hmong culture…Superb storytelling.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Cotterill’s ironic pen [is] as sharp as ever.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill was born in London. He has taught in Australia, the United States, and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for nongovernmental social-service organizations. He now writes full time and lives in Thailand. His books have been Book Sense Picks, and he has won the Dilys Award and the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award.

About the Narrator

Clive Chafer is a professional actor, director, producer, and theater instructor. Originally from England and educated at Leeds and Exeter universities, he has performed and directed at many theaters in the San Francisco area, where he makes his home, and elsewhere in the US. In 1993 he founded TheatreFIRST, Oakland’s professional theater company, where he served as artistic director until 2008.