Merry Misogynist

Merry Misogynist

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In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man with a truck from the city 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, although her flesh had been torn. And though the victim had clear, 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 the beautiful female corpse bound to a tree has already risen to the status of a rural myth. This has happened many times before. 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.

Baker & Taylor
In peaceful Buddhist Laos, Dr. Siri confronts a deadly Casanova targeting lovely young women.

Perseus Publishing
The sixth mystery in the award-winning Dr. Siri Paiboun series set in Laos.

Praise for Colin Cotterill:

“[A] series of terrifically beguiling detective novels steeped in local color and history.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A delightfully fresh and eccentric hero.”—John Burdett

“Unpredictable. . . . Tragically funny and magically sublime.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A crack storyteller and an impressive guide to a little-known culture.”—The Washington Post Book World

“This witty and unusual series just keeps getting better.”—Publishers Weekly

“Delightul. A wry, eccentric addition to the genre.”—Booklist (starred review)

Dr. Siri is confronted with a deadly Casanova targeting lovely young women.

In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man with a truck from the city 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, although her flesh had been torn. And though the victim had clear, 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 the beautiful female corpse bound to a tree has already risen to the status of a rural myth. This has happened many times before. 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.



Baker
& Taylor

Dr. Siri Paiboun, the only medical examiner in Laos in 1978, realizes that he is dealing with a serial killer when he discovers that the murder of a beautiful young woman who was tied to a tree and strangled resembles similar murders in the countryside.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Soho Press Inc., c2009
ISBN: 9781569475560
1569475563
Branch Call Number: M COTTERILL
Characteristics: 274 p

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miaone
Jun 13, 2017

I loved the first two books in the series, but this one, which features the thought process of the killer, is gruesome and creepy. Couldn't read more than 1/4 of it.

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Travel
Aug 06, 2012

Second book I've read in this series. I love the insights into another culture through humour and wonderful characters. The serial killer plot of this one did not ring true, however. If this is your first Dr Siri Paiboun book, don't give up: others are better.

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mclas
Jun 11, 2012

I love the culture, the loving humor, so many things about the Dr. Siri series. The mystery is good and kept me very interested while the authors humor and characters are quite entertaining.

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louise_claire
Aug 29, 2011

Dr Siri, the septugenarian National Coroner of Laos, tries to find a serial killer in this very funny mystery. The insights into the mind of the serial killer are trite and the book is marred by the occasional tumble into sentimentality, but these are minor faults set against the fine characterisation, vivid setting and gentle humour. Set in Laos in 1978, the charming and cynical Dr Siri has to cope with the bungling and corrupt Communist government, aided by a cast of colourful secondary characters.

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