Seventy-two-year-old Siri Paiboun is an unlikely candidate for chief coroner in newly communist Laos, but as the only doctor left in the state there's not much choice.When a party leader's wife turns up dead and Vietnamese bodies surface in a nearby lake, all eyes turn to Dr Siri. Faced with an emerging international crisis, Siri will have to enlist old friends, tribal shamans, forensic deduction and some good old-fashioned sleuthing before he can discover quite what's going on.More
"Siri's greatest assets are his charm, persistence and dry humour....A refreshing antidote to hi-tech crime busting." (Guardian)
"Cotterill's novels have richer plots than Alexander McCall Smith's African detective stories, but the same comic charm." (Sunday Times)
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