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Anarchy and old dogs
Colin Cotterill
Adult Fiction COTTERI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Siri Paiboun
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Age: 73
Laotian
Able to see spirits of dead people; must decipher a letter belonging to a man who was run over by a logging truck; discovers the man was a blind retired dentist; discovers a plot to overthrow the Laotian government.
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