Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun Series #2)

Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun Series #2)

by Colin Cotterill
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Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun Series #2) by Colin Cotterill

Dr. Siri Paiboun, one of the last doctors left in Laos after the Communist takeover, has been drafted to be national coroner. He is untrained for the job, but this independent seventy-two-year-old has an outstanding qualification for the role: curiosity. And he does not mind incurring the wrath of the party’s hierarchy as he unravels mysterious murders, because the spirits of the dead are on his side—and a little too close for comfort.

Dr. Siri performs autopsies and begins to solve the mysteries relating to a series of deaths by what seem to be bear bites, to explain why a government official ran at full speed through a seventh-story window and fell to his death, and to discover the origins of the two charred bodies from the crashed helicopter in the temple at Luang Prabang. As it turns out, not surprisingly, not all is peaceful and calm in the new Communist paradise of Laos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569474297
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Series: Dr. Siri Paiboun Series , #2
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 214,253
Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Colin Cotterill is the author of nine other books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series including The Coroner’s Lunch, Disco for the Departed, Anarchy and Old Dogs, and Six and a Half Deadly Sins. His fiction has won a Dilys Award and a CWA Dagger in the Library. He lives in Chumphon, Thailand, with his wife and five deranged dogs.

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second installment of Colin Cotterill's amazing Dr Siri Paiboun series, Dr Siri finds himself stepping from a death scene consisting of two dead men on a bicycle to the spirits that roam post Vietnam war Laos to the echos of the former Lao Royalist regime. Since discovering Dr. Siri, once I start one of the books I literally can't put it down. I especially love the descriptions of Laos, the descriptions of the world of a Shaman and the fast paced twists and turns of an amazing series of mysteries. If you are looking for something truly different in a mystery, search no farther. They are absolutely superb. I can't wait for more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Vientiane five months have passed since septuagenarian medical Dr. Siri Paiboun was named by the two year old Communist government as the Lao Peoples¿ Democratic Republic national coroner, a job the widower did not want, but had to accept. His selection was based on two critical criteria; that he is too old to make waves and he is the only doctor left in the country as the Intelligentsia fled in 1975 when the Communists took control. Siri did not want to leave his beloved deceased wife behind in an unattended grave. --- The communist bureaucrats underestimate their coroner who in spite of constant tutorials and harangues, tries to do the right thing. Currently, he and his team look at the murders of two males found near a bike. Dubbed Man A and Man B, the better dressed victim suffered from triplicate syndrome as his fingers are mauve colored, which means government. As he works the case, Siri is named the honorary consul to the spirit world and assigned with shamans to warn the spirits to get with the communist program or leave. He takes both situations seriously while the party hacks look over his shoulders. --- The second Dr. Paiboun investigation is a fabulous look at late 1970s Laos at a time when the royal family lost their ¿kwun¿ enabling the Communists to send the monarch into a gardening career. The story line includes a solid mystery, but what makes this tale and its predecessor (see THE CORONER¿S LUNCH) worth reading is the insight into the complex society focusing on a deep understanding of politics, religion and customs. Fans will appreciate this fine look at Communism with an influential Buddhist tradition. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Siri Paiboun is a great character. When most people are retired, he's taken on a new position; that do national coroner. With the help of has assistants and the ghosts of the people that come thru his morgue, he solves cases with a sly glee. And n his free time he still manages to cause trouble.
jaybstn More than 1 year ago
Although not as good as the first, this is still a good read. I quite enjoy the characters and having the setting in communist Laos makes everything more interesting. The plot wasn't quite up to 'mystery' standards, but it's okay because you're enjoying the book so much you hardly notice. I will defintely be reading the rest of the series. Well done Colin!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mix of police procedural, quaint agatha christie style mystery, authentic feeling time and setiing, hint of spirit/supernatural and characters you care about. Loving the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it as much as the first in the series. Looking forward to additional stories in this series. Great character development, I find myself rooting for his staff.
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