New York: Soho, 2010. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, black backstrip, blue paper over boards, 326pp. Item #900428
Bookplate signed by the author laid in. Seventh volume in the mystery series featuring Laos national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun.
When a Lao female security officer is discovered stabbed through the heart with a fencing sword, Dr. Siri, the reluctant national coroner for the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, is brought in to examine the body. Soon two other young women are found killed in the same unusual way. Siri learns that all three victims studied in Europe and that one of them was being pursued by a mysterious stalker. But before he can solve the case, he is whisked away to Cambodia on a diplomatic mission. Though on the surface the Khmer Rouge seem to be committed to the socialist cause, Siri soon learns the horrifying truth of the killing fields and finds himself thrown into prison. Can the seventy-four-year-old doctor escape with his life?
Stain lower corner front board (see photograph), else fine in dust wrapper with small scar front panel at fold, in protective mylar.