This book is so off-beat it’s impossible to describe. Ghosts visit the coroner and sometimes help him discover who killed them. There may or may not be a were-tiger on the prowl. Life under communist rule in Vientiane, Laos in the 1970’s is harsh and difficult, yet fun is had by many, if not all. I really loved this, even more than I did the first one in the series, The Coroner’s Lunch. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever read. The protagonist is so practical, so warm hearted, and so resourceful, that I just bought all the supernatural stuff lock stock and barrel. Open book, suspend disbelief. Perfect.
(Book 40, 2008)