The Coroner's Lunch
"This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire, and [a] droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The sights, smells, and colors of Laos practically jump of the pages of this inspired, often wryly witty first novel."-"Denver Post
"A wonderfully fresh and exotic mystery. . . . If Cotterill . . . had done nothing more than treat us to Siri's views on the dramatic, even comic crises that mark periods of government upheaval, his debut mystery would still be fascinating. But the multiple cases spread out on Siri's examining table . . . are not cozy entertainments, but substantial crimes that take us into the thick of political intrigue."-"The New York Times Book Review
"In Siri, Cotterill has created a detective as distinctive as Maigret or Poirot."-"Orlando Sentinel
"The Soho Press crime series . . . has done mystery connoisseurs everywhere a favor by adding Colin Cotterill to its publishing list. The author gives us exotic locations; a world that few of us know well; crisp, intelligent, and often-witty writing; and, most of all, a hero unlike any other." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer
Laos, 1975. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.
He is expected to come up with the answers the party wants. But crafty and charming Dr.Siri is immune to bureaucratic pressure. At his age, he reasons, what can they do to him? And he knows he cannot fail the dead who come into his care without riskof incurring their boundless displeasure. Eternity could be a long time to have the spirits mad at you.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing
This is the first book and the reader's introduction to the Dr. Siri series. Set in Laos 1976, Siri Paiboun is a 72-year old doctor and veteran of the uprising that put the Communists in power that ... Read full review
The Coroner's LunchUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A year or so after the takeover of Laos by the Marxist-Leninist Pathet Lao in 1975, French-educated Dr. Siri Paiboun is appointed state coroner. At first under the thumb of an inept Vientiane judge ... Read full review