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The Merry Misogynist
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Praise for Colin Cotterill:
A] series of terrifically beguiling detective novels steeped in local color and history.--The New York Times BookReview
A delightfully fresh and eccentric hero.--John Burdett
Unpredictable. . . . Tragically funny and magicallysublime.--Entertainment Weekly
A crack storyteller and an impressive guide to a little-known culture.--The Washington PostBook 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.
Inpoverty-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'smorgue 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 overmost 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 statusof 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 themurderer that not only pretty maidens are at risk. Seventy-three-year-old coroners can be victims, too.
From the Hardcover edition.
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