August 2009 Indie Next List
“There's no telling how long a serial killer can go without being caught, but in The Merry Misogynist Laotian coroner Dr. Siri goes all out to catch the killer of a beautiful young woman. Now if only the Communist bureaucrats will just let him do his job. A wonderful read!”
— Linda Dewberry, Whodunit? Books, Olympia, WA
In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man from the city with a truck 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. And though the victim had smooth, 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 many women have been killed in this way. 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.
About the Author
Kevin Cummings has lived in Bangkok Thailand since 2001. Kevin's interviews, book reviews and short stories have been featured over 50 times in Southeast Asian and USA newspapers, including the Bangkok Post, Phnom Penh Advisor and Chiang Mai CityNews. In another life Kevin Cummings once scored double figures against the Susanville maximum security prison basketball team, at the prison, was a dishwasher at the Lake Placid Lodge in the Adirondacks of New York, hitch-hiked from Vancouver, Canada to Chico, California and hopped a freight train from Roseville, California to Reno, Nevada and back with two of his mates just to play blackjack. In 2001 he met his future wife Ratree in Perth, Western Australia. In 2013 Kevin created a popular blog: Thailand Footprint. Its focus is on the people, places, things and music of Thailand and the region with a little Henry Miller philosophy thrown in. Kevin Cummings now splits his time between Thailand and a small beach community in Northern California, known as Surf City.
Praise for the Dr. Siri series:
“Terrifically beguiling detective novels steeped in local color and history.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Like Dr. Siri, Colin Cotterill has a touch of magic about him.”—The Boston Globe
“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