The Rat Catchers' Olympics : Doctor Siri Paiboun

  • by Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by Clive Chafers
  • Series: Doctor Siri Paiboun
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1980, and the Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics. Of course half the world is boycotting the Moscow Summer Olympic Games to protest Russia's recent invasion of Afghanistan, but that has made room for athletes from countries that are usually too small or underfunded to be competitive - countries like Laos.
Ex-national coroner of Laos Dr. Siri Paiboun may be retired, but he and his wife, Madame Daeng, would do just about anything to have a chance to visit Moscow, so Siri finagles them the job of medical oversight for the Olympians. Most of the athletes are young and innocent village people who have never worn shoes, never mind imagined anything as marvelous as the Moscow Olympic Village. As the competition heats up, however, Siri begins to suspect that one of the athletes is not who he says he is. Fearing a conspiracy, Siri and his friends investigate, liaising in secret with Inspector Phosy back home in Laos to see if the man might be an assassin. But Siri's progress is derailed when another Lao Olympian is accused of murder. Now in the midst of a murky international incident, Dr. Siri must navigate not one but two paranoid and secretive government machines to make sure justice is done.


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Love this series

Humor. History. Beautiful language. And true detecting. I can't get enough.
If you haven't tried it give yourself a treat and do.
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- Rena

Cotterill & Chafer Do It Again

Marvelous series, especially for Readers of Sufficient Age to recall U.S. 1970's incursions in Southeast Asia. Set in Laos, with side trips to Vietnam, Thailand, China and the USSR, the Dr. Siri (pronounced "Dr. Silly") chronicles depict Laotians as pragmatic survivors in a world gone to hell. Start with Volume 1 to best understand series' increasing mysticism, which is in itself a hoot and a half. Dry wit,, delightful characters and no flinching from the uncomfortable realities of post-U.S./French/Russian/Chinese invasions of a culture none of them understood or appreciated.
Savor Clive Chafer's voice acting - he's a master who's perfectly matched to this series.
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- Judy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.