Colin Cotterill is the author of nine other books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, including The Coroner's Lunch, Thirty-Three Teeth, Disco for the Departed, and Six and a Half Deadly Sins. His fiction has won a Dilys Award and a CWA Dagger in the Library. He lives in Chumphon, Thailand, with his wife and six deranged dogs.
A dead blind dentist and a mysterious note are the new puzzle for Laotian national coroner Siri Paiboun in his fourth case. Cotterill lives in Thailand. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Set in 1970s Communist Laos, Cotterill's delightful fourth novel to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun, the Laotian national coroner and one of the more eccentric characters in crime fiction, and Paiboun's clever assistant, Nurse Dtui (after 2006's Disco for the Departed), nicely blends the supernatural, humor and intrigue. This time, their trials and tribulations begin with the death of Dr. Buagaew, a blind dentist hit by a truck. When blank papers are found on the dentist's body, Paiboun quickly discovers encoded writing in invisible ink. Aided by his friends, police officer Phosy and politburo member Civilai, Paiboun follows up on a number of clues and discovers that the code describes a series of chess moves. A trip to the southern Laotian city of Pakse draws him deeper into a complex political intrigue. Adding local color is Auntie Bpoo, a fortune-teller transvestite who predicts Paiboun will soon betray his country. This sometimes slapstick, sometimes serious, but always lively mystery is sure to bring the author many new readers. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Anarchy and Old Dogs
"A series of terrifically beguiling detective novels . . .
Whimsical, more personal stories that feature Siri and an equally
memorable set of supporting characters . . . A wry, seasoned, off
hand style that has been the secret weapon of this unexpectedly
blithe and charming series."
--Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Cotterill's portrait of his world gains depth and breath. Using a twisty mystery as a MacGuffin, he takes droll aim at the absurdities of recent history, all the more fascinating for their plausibility."
"Cotterill's delightful fourth novel to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun . . . nicely blends the supernatural, humor and intrigue . . . This sometimes slapstick, sometimes serious, but always lively mystery is sure to bring the author many new readers."
"Think What's Up, Tiger Lily with Mao taking over for Woody Allen."
--Bloomberg.com Praise for the Dr. Siri series "Siri's lingering idealism, hidden beneath his cynical--and often hilarious--digs at the government, provide unexpected emotional depth."
--Entertainment Weekly "You get a real feeling for what Laos was like in the '70s. The humor is wonderful, too--very subtle, very British."
--Kathy Reichs "Humane and hilarious . . . The charmingly convoluted tale that results is good fun, better than most crime fiction."
--The Boston Phoenix