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Author: Colin Cotterill Narrator: Clive Chafer Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dr. Siri Paiboun Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781481572231
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In 1978 in poverty-stricken Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody—a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered.

On a trip to the hinterlands, Siri discovers that many women have been killed in this way. He sets out to investigate this unprecedented phenomenon—a serial killer in peaceful Buddhist Laos—only to discover, when he has identified the murderer, that not only pretty maidens are at risk: seventy-three-year-old coroners can be victims too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is part of Colin Cotterill’s skill that he grips the reader by intercutting between the cerebral deductions of Siri and the determined planning of the killer…Tight plotting and a background full of the sounds and color of the Orient make this a fascinating read.”

    Independent (London)

  • “The glimpses of everyday life in Laos will appeal to those readers curious about a culture unfamiliar to most Americans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this sixth volume in the series, the protagonist is as delightfully eccentric and unpredictably clever as ever…Cotterill provides a detailed look at the life, customs, and political realities of a place and time unfamiliar to most Americans: Laos in the 1970s. And again he does this with his trademark combination of crisp plotting, witty dialogue, political satire, and otherworldly phenomena…The Merry Misogynist is a suspenseful, informative read.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Dr. Siri is one of the most engaging amateur sleuths around...The consistently fine characterizations of the entire cast are matched by a tightly constructed plot in which tension is heightened with excerpts from the killer’s point of view.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/24/2011

    " 3.5--liked it a lot, but it isn't one of my favorites of his. still, any Dr. Siri book is a treat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martine | 8/9/2011

    " Brilliant! Unputdownable! I love this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 6/6/2011

    " Another great book in this loveable series. This time Dr Siri is out to catch a serial killer. A romping good read... as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/25/2011

    " Darker than previous but still great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 3/6/2011

    " I just so love this series - the most wonderful characters, a quirky 78-year-old hero, great story and a fascinating setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donmoore | 12/25/2010

    " Usual great characters and situations. Killer is up close and personal on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami | 12/8/2010

    " This was the weakest of the series thius far. "

About the Author

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.