By Colin Cotterill
“A sequence of terrifically beguiling detective novels. . . . Whimsical, extra own tales that function Siri and an both memorable set of helping characters. . . . A wry, professional, off hand variety that has been the key weapon of this all at once blithe and fascinating series.”—Janet Maslin, The long island Times
“Siri’s lingering idealism, hidden underneath his cynical—and frequently hilarious—digs on the govt, offer unforeseen emotional depth.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Think What’s Up, Tiger Lily with Mao taking on for Woody Allen.”—Bloomberg.com
An aged guy has been run down via a logging truck in the street in Vientiane simply contrary the submit workplace. His physique is brought to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the reliable and in basic terms coroner of Laos. on the age of seventy-three, Siri is simply too previous to be in awe of the hot communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. prior to he can determine the corpse, he needs to decipher a letter within the man’s pocket—it is written in invisible ink and in code. He used to be a blind retired dentist, his widow explains, and the enigmatic letters and numbers describe chess strikes, yet they're in contrast to any chess symbols Siri has formerly encountered. With the aid of his outdated buddy, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui; Phosy, a police officer; and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Siri solves the secret of the word to the blind dentist and foils a plot to overthrow the govt. of Laos.
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