You know, it's a great relief to me that after reading the first 10-50 pages of about five books, Colin Cotterril came to the rescue with Slash and Burn. Why are the Americans cozying up to the Laos? Will the protagonist die before the end of the book? Is the transvestite fortune teller sleeping with the American pathologist? Is the cute blonde missionary translator girl the murderer? I can't wait to find out.