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Disco for the Departed

Written by Colin CotterillColin Cotterill Author Alert
Category: Fiction - Mystery & Detective; Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 978-0-676-97834-6 (0-676-97834-7)

Pub Date: August 7, 2007
Price: $17.95

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Disco for the Departed
Written by Colin Cotterill

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780676978346
Our Price: $17.95
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Dr. Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government had hidden out in caves, waiting to assume power. Now, as a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk that had been laid from the President’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Dr. Siri is ordered to supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify the corpse and discover how he died.

The autopsy provides some surprises but it is his gift as a shaman that enables the seventy-two-year old doctor to discover why the victim was buried alive and, eventually, the identity of his killer.


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Review Quotes

“This witty and unusual series just keeps getting better.”
Publishers Weekly

“It’s appropriate that the ghost of Arthur Conan Doyle should loom over Colin Cotterill’s novels. The latter’s hero, aged coroner and medium Siri Paiboun, certainly plays host to enough spirits as he investigates murders in Communist-ruled Laos in the ’70s. In his third adventure, Dr. Paiboun is troubled by both the death of a Cuban nurse and the deceased’s continuing love for pop music (or, as Paiboun describes it, ‘this wailing of tortured Americans’). . . . Both evocative and educational. Who knew, for instance, that eating bats is good for you?”
Entertainment Weekly

“From now on, I’ll think twice about applying the escapist label to something as purely entertaining as Colin Cotterill’s 1970s period mysteries about that sweetest of sleuths, Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 73-year-old national coroner of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos.”
The New York Times

“A detective as distinctive as Maigret or Poirot.”
Orlando Sentinel

Praise for Colin Cotterill:

“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

“Cotterill is a crack storyteller and an impressive guide to a little-known culture.”
The Washington Post

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About this Author

Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He has taught in Australia, the U.S. and Japan, and has lived in Thailand, on the Burmese border and in Laos. He lives in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand.


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