Curse of the Pogo Stick

Curse of the Pogo Stick

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National Coroner Dr. Siri is kidnapped by Hmong villagers who want him to lift a curse from the headman's daughter.
Publisher: New York : Soho, [2011], c2008.
ISBN: 9781616951207
Characteristics: 1 online resource (166 p.)
Contents: 1 The Stiff 1
2 How to Blow up a Coroner 13
3 A Fate Worse than Death 23
4 Exposed Nurses 41
5 Shots from the Grassy Knoll 53
6 A Mugging in the Otherworld 65
7 Cashews Make Me Fart 73
8 Eat, Drink, and Be Unfaithful 83
9 Friendly Fire and Brimstone 97
10 Nonpracticing Atheists 111
11 Betrothed to a Devil 125
12 The Shaman's Maiden Flight 135
13 Siri Confronts His Demon 159
14 A Moment Frozen in Cotton 179
15 Quiet as the Morgue 189
16 The Russian Club 201
17 Indignationhood 215
18 Wedlocked 227
19 Coitus Interruptus 237.
Summary: National Coroner Dr. Siri is kidnapped by Hmong villagers who want him to lift a curse from the headman's daughter.


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Jun 04, 2017

I loved the first two books in the series, but had to skim the third as there was too much pain in it. The 4th was OK, if odd. Finally, in the 5th book, the author is starting to address what the Lao government did to the Hmong people in the 1970's and 1980's. I'm only a 4th of the way through, so I don't know if Cotterill is going to tell about the years-long massacres which killed thousands of innocent Hmong children, women, and men. I rather doubt he will, which is too bad, because most readers probably don't know about it. Some of the Hmong were dragged by the CIA into siding with the U.S. after helping to rescue downed US pilots. That got them targeted for "extermination" by the Pathet Lao which, along with the Vietnamese communists, did a fairly thorough job of it. I was an ESL teacher in northern California in the 1980's, and most of my students were Hmong adults and teenagers, refugees who'd suffered horrors trying to escape Laos by making their way, at night, silently, to the Mekong River so they could float across it to the relative safety of Thailand. If they made it without getting shot, they'd languish in refugee camps for years before finally being allowed to go to a western country. I've been hoping Cotterill would tell their story in his books. It deserves to be told.


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