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Publisher's Summary

An elderly man has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of 73, Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. Before he can identify the corpse, he must decipher a letter in the man’s pocket—it is written in invisible ink and in code. He was a blind retired dentist, his widow explains, and the enigmatic letters and numbers describe chess moves, but they are unlike any chess symbols Siri has previously encountered. With the help of his old friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui; Phosy, a police officer; and Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Siri must solve the mystery of the note to the blind dentist and foil a plot to overthrow the government of Laos.
Crack another case with Dr. Siri.
©2007 Colin Cotterill (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A series of terrifically beguiling detective novels…Whimsical, more personal stories that feature Siri and an equally memorable set of supporting characters…A wry, seasoned, offhand style that has been the secret weapon of this unexpectedly blithe and charming series." ( New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 07-05-17

spies and shaman/coroner

addictive-series, murder-investigation, humor, laos, spies, history-and-culture, historical-places-events, historical-fiction

A blind man traveling to get letters from a post box, an anarchist plot, more suspicious characters than usual, sneaky old friends, and spies in a refugee camp, all wrapped together with some gawdawful humor. The coroner and his friend hie off to investigate one death and find another that needs solving as well. The policeman and the nurse try to help and wind up investigating in a refugee camp in Thailand. Very twisty and with some insights into the conflicting attitudes toward old regimes and communism. And the coroner discovers that a former student is a very pleasant woman who he never really noticed when his wife was alive.
Clive Chafer continues to make the read easier and more enjoyable for those of us who need a bit of help in thinking some words in an unfamiliar language.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sharey on 10-22-16

5th Book I've

listened to in this series. I actually love the stories and how the narrator performs the dialogues BUT the narrator brings them all down from 5 to 4 stars because of his boring monotone reading when he's not doing speaking characters. I have such a hard time anchoring my attention to his voice that I can't appreciate the whole story. Such a shame.

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