Curse of the Pogo Stick

Curse of the Pogo Stick

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The fifth Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery

Seven female Hmong villagers kidnap Dr. Siri on orders from the village elder who hopes that Yeh Ming, the thousand-year-old shaman who shares the doctor’s body, will consent to exorcise the headman’s daughter. He fears that her soul has been possessed by a demon due to the curse of a mysterious Western artifact. Siri agrees to help and, in so doing, brings to pass a prediction of Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: New York :, Soho
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781616951207
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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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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