A death threat to Dr. Siri and all his friends sends the ex-coroner down memory lane. From Paris in the '30s to war-torn Vietnam in the '70s, Dr. Siri must mine his past to figure out who's trying to kill him now. Vientiane, 1980: For a man of his age and in his corner of the world, Dr. Siri, the 76-year-old former national coroner of Laos, is doing remarkably well-especially considering the fact that he is possessed by a thousand-year-old Hmong shaman. That is, until he finds a mysterious note tied to his dog, Ugly's, tail. The death threat is not just aimed at him, but at everyone he holds dear. And whoever wrote the note claims the job will be executed in two weeks. Thus, at the urging of his wife and his motley crew of faithful friends, Dr. Siri must figure out who wants him dead, prompting him to recount three incidents over the years: an early meeting with his lifelong pal Civilai in Paris in the early '30s, a particularly disruptive visit to an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and a prisoner of war negotiation in Hanoi at ?the height of the Vietnam War in the '70s. There will be grave consequences in the present if Dr. Siri can't decipher the clues from his past.
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by Colin Cotterill
by Colin Bateman
by A.N. Wilson
by Hew Strachan
by David Harvey
by Clive James
by Ian Davidson
"Clive Chafer's narration guarantees that listeners will be laughing out loud at Cotterill's fourteenth mystery featuring Siri Paiboun, Laos's national coroner. Siri finds a note attached to the stumpy tail of his dog, Ugly, threatening to destroy Siri and those he holds dearest. More threats follow, and people begin dying, forcing Siri to explore who in his past holds such long-lasting hatred. Chafer's performance is appropriately over-the-top as the time shifts to Siri's youth, when the eccentric young man, who is possibly possessed by a 1000-year-old shaman, was engaged in situations that might have led to his current problems. Chafer delivers an assortment of outrageous plot twists and believable characters with tongue-in-cheek aplomb. For maximum enjoyment, start at the beginning of the series. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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