A delightful story with a truly delightful main character, Dr. Siri. Trying to navigate his simple way through the Communist Laos of the post-Vietnam War era, the good doctor battles murderers and bureaucratic nonsense with common sense and a very quick wit. You will find yourself laughing out loud at a few parts and having the hair on the back of your neck raised at others. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and giving them each a distinct personality. Overall, a very enjoyable read. I hope that the follow-up books in this series become available soon.
Mr. Burke does not write crime stories - he writes novels about real life which includes crime. What a joy to enter his world with its assortment of distinctive characters and dialogue that alternately crackles and surprises. Will Patton does an impressive job giving life to those characters with essentially flawless interpretation, fleshing them out so as if you can see them standing in front of you.
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