Colin Cotterill’s Slash and Burn is the weakest of the Siri Paiboun books so far.
The story doesn’t start until about page seventy-five on my electronic reader. Even then, the story bogs down in detail.
Siri and his crew join an American team to search for an MIA. The missing man happens to be the son of a prominent U.S. senator. The senator, who is a horse’s ass, funneled U.S. aid to Laos to bribe the Laotians to do the mission.
Someone murders a member of the American team along the way.
Siri and his group help solve the crime. They work among themselves and with Siri's spirit guides to find the sordid back story.
As always, the setting and characters are interesting. We as Americans lost sight of Laos by 1978. Many 1978 Laotians hold Americans in contempt. They see them as defeated fools. And, in a way, they are correct.
Minor characters often star in these books. In Slash and Burn, Auntie Bpoo steals the show.
So this is the book I’ve been dreading. It is a weak entry in a strong series.
Of course, these comments are my opinion. You might disagree.
I will keep reading Siri Paiboun. The books have been too good not to expect another powerful book along the way.