Anarchy and Old Dogs

Anarchy and Old Dogs

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When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds himself faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist's mortal remains aren't nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge. Enlisting the help of his old friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui ('Fatty'); Phosy, a police officer; and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Dr Siri soon finds himself on the trail of an international plot to overthrow the government of Laos.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 18mm | 196g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847247849
  • 9781847247841
  • 43,434

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'Cotterill's novels have richer plots than Alexander McCall Smith's African detective stories, but the same comic charm' Sunday Times. Sunday Times
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'It is not unusual to find a renegade Thai forest monk or a transvestite fortune-teller wandering casually through the capital city, Vientane, where Dr Siri works ... everywhere Mr Cotterill's characters go, they maintain a wry, seasoned, offhand style that has been the secret weapon of this unexpectedly blithe and charming series' New York Times. * New York Times * 'Fascinating background, engaging characters and witty dialogue' Sunday Telegraph. * Sunday Telegraph * 'Cotterill's novels have richer plots than Alexander McCall Smith's African detective stories, but the same comic charm' Sunday Times. * Sunday Times *
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About Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill was born in London. He has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for nongovernmental social service organizations. He now writes full-time and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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2,619 ratings
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If you like Alexander Mc Call Smith's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series & still have itchy feet then pack your bags, head out of Africa, & be prepared to experience the delights of Laos in Colin Cotterill's fourth book in the series of Dr Siri Paiboun the country's only coroner. The setting is the communist 1970's & the wise, (at times mystically so), Dr Siri takes us on a journey to solve two deaths but this is no government approved & official party member escorted tour. Cotterill intertwines the political milieu with golden threads of dogged detecting & hilarious humanism of quirky characters that leap off the page via wry, engaging dialogue. If you're thinking of travelling to Laos & want to get some understanding of the Laotian culture & people buy a Lonely Planet for the maps then read this (& the entire series!). If you're not planning a visit sit back, relax; prepare to laugh, cry & enjoy some fascinating armchair travelling while meeting the locals. Such is Cotterill's skill you'll feel an intimate connection to this country & its people. Whether read in country or at home by the end you may well want to overstay your more
by Lisa Preston
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