The Coroner's Lunch

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E-Reads, Jun 1, 2009 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Dr. Siri Paiboun, one of the last doctors left in Laos after the Communist takeover, has been drafted to be national coroner. He is untrained for the job, but this independent 72-year-old has an outstanding qualification for it: curiosity. And he doesn't mind incurring the wrath of the Party hierarchy as he unravels mysterious murders, because the spirits of the dead are on his side. With the help of his newly-appointed secretary, the ambitious and shrewd Dtui, and Mr. Geung, the Down-Syndrome-afflicted morgue assistant, Dr. Paiboun performs autopsies and begins asking questions to solve the mysteries relating to the death of the wife of a government official and of the unidentified body fished out of the river who didn't drown but was tortured with electricity. As it turns out, all is not peaceful and calm in the new Communist paradise of Laos.

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Unpredictable thriller, very good pace. - Goodreads
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an interesting story, but full of clunky writing. - Goodreads
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Review: The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun #1)

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This writer is comparatively new to me, but if this book is anything to go by, I'm looking forward to reading more. Read full review

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An excellent series, well into 8 books. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Colin Cotterill has lived in Thailand, on the Burmese border, and in Laos. He has worked for UNICEF and local nongovernmental organizations to prevent child prostitution and to rehabilitate abused children. He lives on the Gulf of Thailand and is a full-time writer.The titles, so far, in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, set in Laos starting in the late 1970's, are The Coroner's Lunch, Thirty-Three Teeth, Disco for the Departed, Anarchy and Old Dogs, Curse of the Pogo Stick and The Merry Mysogynist (Publication: August, 2009).

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