This is the second in the series of books about Dr Siri, a 72-year-old Laotian doctor who has been drafted by the government to be a coroner. One of the few doctors left in Laos, he has no experience being a coroner, but he’s the closest thing that have. In fact, his lack of experience is one of his most desirable traits, as his communist masters expect little trouble from him. They probably would be right if it were not for his pesky curiosity that leads him on to find out what really happened to the people who are brought to him for autopsy. Then there is the problem of their ghosts who hang around until he solves their murder. As usual, nothing is what it seems in Dr. Siri’s world.