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Curse of the Pogo Stick

By Colin Cotterill

Curse of the Pogo Stick
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  • Hardcover: Jul 2008,
    256 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2009,
    272 pages.

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A quick scan of the chapter titles is your first clue that this is not your usual whodunit

After reading this charming story I must agree with the reviewer for Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine who writes, "Who ever thought a mystery set in 1970's Laos could be so delightful?"

When Dr. Siri is forced to leave his coroner's office for a road trip with the Justice Department, he is ambushed on a deserted jungle trail and kidnapped by Hmong insurgents. They believe Siri has the power to exorcise the village demon who they think is residing as an unborn child in the body of the respected elder's daughter.

Although Dr. Siri admits his body is a living, breathing container for a spirit named Yeh Ming, he has no clue how to perform an exorcism. He declares that he is a doctor only of scientific medicine, but agrees to try because that is his ticket to freedom. He recalls having seen an exorcism once, but thinks his ability to replicate such an...

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Colin Cotterill was born in London, taught in Australia, the U.S., Laos and Japan. He works for UNICEF and local nongovernmental agencies to prevent child prostitution and to rehabilitate abused children. He and his wife live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he teaches at the university.

For a greater understanding of the man in addition to the author, a visit to his creative website reveals many facets of his character. The cartoons and childish script reflect the playfulness of his writing, but his social conscience is revealed through the projects he has taken on to provide books and scholarships for the children of Laos.

Big Brother Mouse came about after Cotterill was approached by a little Laotian girl asking for candy. He told her that candy was bad for her and that he'd buy her a book. After searching for hours he could ...

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