Dr Siri Paiboun may be in his seventy-third year, but hes still as sturdy as a jungle boar – and as crafty as one. Reluctant coroner to the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, hes been despatched to the countrys mountainous north where the sudden appearance of a mummified arm protruding from a concrete path laid in front of the Presidents new mansion has caused an understandable degree of embarrassment. Dr Siris disinterment and autopsy of the body attached to the arm provide some grisly surprises but it is his gifts as a shaman that put the septuagenarian doctor on the trail of the killer. As Siri and his team close in, they must tackle a marriage proposal, brave the perils of the life on the open road, and come face-to-face with a horrific sacrificial ritual. Is it any wonder Dr Siri takes up disco dancing?
Quercus Publishing Plc
By (author) Colin Cotterill