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Curse of the Pogo Stick (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery) (original 2008; edição 2008)

por Colin Cotterill (Autor)

Séries: Dr. Siri Paiboun (5)

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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 fiancee. 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.… (mais)
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Título:Curse of the Pogo Stick (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery)
Autores:Colin Cotterill (Autor)
Informação:Soho Crime (2008), Edition: First Edition, 256 pages
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Avaliação:****
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Tremendously satisfying. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Dr. Siri and the Hmong Exorcism
Review of the Knopf Canada hardcover edition (August 26, 2008) of the Soho Crime hardcover original (July 1, 2008)

Curse of the Pogo Stick is the 5th book of the Dr. Siri Paiboun series and has Lao national coroner Dr. Siri and his nemesis Judge Haeng off in Northeast Laos. Back in the capital city of Vientiane, Siri's friends and allies, fiancée Daeng, Inspector Phosy, Nurse Dtui, Attendant Deung, and old comrade Civilai are dealing with the after effects of the failed coup d'état from the previous book Anarchy and Old Dogs (2007).

Siri and Haeng are kidnapped by a tribe of Hmong who need Siri's shaman powers to exorcise an evil force in their village (the pogo stick of the title is a macguffin, and hardly features in the book). This plot line provides author Cotterill the opportunity to expand on the history of the Hmong and how their culture has been decimated in the long nationalist and political conflicts of the region. The hapless Judge Haeng provides the comic relief with his cowardly antics.

Meanwhile in Vientiane, the forces of the Lizard are attempting to assassinate Siri's friends in retribution for their coup failure. Nurse Dtui is able to defuse their various bombings and poisonings. She and the rest of the gang formulate a plan to expose the conspirators.

This series continues to delight with its overviews of Lao lifestyles and culture, the human persistence in the face of bureaucratic & totalitarian incompetence and Dr. Siri's unique investigative methods that combine spiritual perception with common sense intuition. ( )
  alanteder | May 26, 2021 |
Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill is the fifth book about Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 76 year old reluctant Head Coroner of the newly communist country of Laos. When Dr. Siri and his boss, Judge Haeng go to the north of the country to attend a convention they fall into the hands of a group of Hmong who need help in removing the curse of the pogo stick. At the same time, Dr. Siri’s friends and co-workers are involved in a challenge as well. It starts with a bobby trapped body and escalates from there as they face-off with known terrorist, The Lizard.

The author has plenty of opportunity for humor and wit with Dr. Siri acting as the long dead shaman Yeh Ming, and Nurse Dtui and her husband investigating The Lizard. This is an unusual crime series that veers toward satire and irony rather than detection, and Curse of the Pogo Stick showcases the engaging Dr. Siri and his friends in a most satisfying manner. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 16, 2021 |
...and another half star. Feeling a bit browbeaten by the anti-communist stance. Take his point but feels like he is getting a bit lazy and over-playing it. Quite a short book this one, entertaining but not much meat to it so I might go straight on to the next which I've picked up somewhere. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Continue to love these stories and the development of the characters. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
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This book is dedicated to the Hmong and other hill tribespeople of Laos who fought reluctantly on both sides of the political battlefield. I am sad for the betrayals they've suffered in their lives. I hope I haven't represented them inaccurately in this book, and I thank all those who helped with my research. I apologize for any liberties I may have taken to give my book more cheer and hope than real life has afforded the Hmong. Apologies also to missionaries Dr. G. Lynwood Barney and William A. Smalley for using my own transcription and trashing their fine Hmong phonetic system—but it gave me a headache.
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“Did you think it would end up like this? When you were fighting the French? Did you think the alternative to colonialism would be so . . . so claustrophobic? Did you think we’d be looking over our shoulders all the time worrying we might be doing or saying something to offend the Party?”
“We’re in transition, Dtui. Things will get better. At least we Lao are in control of our own destiny now.”
“If you don’t count the Vietnamese ‘advisers.’”
My biggest problem as a practicing cynic, however, is that I’m aligned, against my will and better judgment, to another world. I’m connected to a world of spirits and souls and gods and no matter how hard I try to disprove this world, I know it exists. I don’t know how it’s possible, but, damn it, it’s there.
Although the Lao wouldn’t have their own new year for another three months, the West was calling this 1978 and hailing it as the dawning of the age of computers. Half a million were already in use around the world and predictions were that this number might double by the end of the century. Like the news of Charlie Chaplin’s death and the decision by Sweden to ban aerosol cans, the revelation passed Vientiane by without even staring in the window.
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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 fiancee. 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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