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Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun 2) (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Colin Cotterill

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Title:Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun 2)
Authors:Colin Cotterill
Info:Soho Crime (2005), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Read, Read but unowned, Read in 2012
Tags:20th Century, 1970s, 21st Century Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Humour, Coroner, Forensics, Communism, Politics, Animals, Bears, Shamans, Laos, Southeast Asia, Asia, Dr. Siri Paiboun, Series, Library Book, Read in 2012, Completed July 2012

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Thirty-Three Teeth takes up exactly where The Coroner's Lunch left off. It is now March 1977 and an Asian black bear has just escaped from somewhere. Is this the terrible beast that has been mauling unsuspecting victims to death?

Adding to Dr. Siri's title of reluctant coroner is confused psychic - "for reasons he was still trying to fathom he'd been delegated Lao's honorary consul to the spirit world" (p 13).

Siri still has his sidekicks, Nurse Dtui, Mr. Geung and even Saloop, the dog who hated him in the beginning of Coroner's Lunch. Nurse Dtui and Saloop have bigger roles this time around.

As an aside, the title of the book comes from the belief that if someone has 33 teeth it is a sign they were born as a bridge to the spirit world. You guessed it, Dr. Siri has 33 teeth. One of the best scenes is when he is trying to run his tongue along his teeth to count them. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 26, 2016 |
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. Not sure I will continue. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. Not sure I will continue. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. Not sure I will continue. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
Thirty-Three Teeth continues the story of Dr. Siri Paiboun who, well into his seventies, is drafted to be state coroner of the newly liberated People's Democratic Republic of Laos, circa 1976. In this second book of the series, Dr. Siri has a number of puzzles to solve with the assistance of his unlikely team of colleagues and friends, as well as some help from the spirit world. In the first book of the series, The Coroner's Lunch, Dr. Siri had learned he was the incarnation of the spirit of a powerful 1,000-year-old Hmong shaman.

Dr Siri has been called upon to travel to Luang Prabang on a national security matter so top secret that the Judge who has dispatched him is unable to tell him anything about it. In the meantime, savaged corpses are piling up in Vientiane. Dr. Siri's able and loyal assistant, Nurse Dtui, undertakes some independent research of her own. Her investigation takes her from the Russian compound, where circus acts practice alongside top-secret work, to an island prison and a search for a weretiger.

Cotterill's descriptions of Laos in the 1970s are written with knowledge, insight and a wry sense of humor. His characters are richly drawn and complex in nature. Not only is this a great series but I've learned so much about Laos, it's culture and its history. His characters are delightful and captivating. I think it's helpful, but not essential, to read this series in order due to some of the characters development paths and to better understand how Dr. Siri learns of his spiritual incarnation. I highly recommend them to anyone looking something a little different in their next mystery series.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Praise for Thirty-Three Teeth:

“Paiboun’s droll wit and Cotterill’s engaging plot twists keep things energetic; the rather grisly murders are offset by comedy…. The elegant, elderly Paiboun seems an unlikely vehicle to carry a series … but he does so with charm and aplomb.”—Entertainment Weekly

“The series neatly manages to include an engrossing mystery—political and folk history and a lot of sly satire.”—Day to Day, NPR

“Keeps a perfect balance between the modern mysteries of forensic science and the ancient secrets of the spirit world.”—The New York Times Book Review

Feisty Dr. Siri Paiboun is no respecter of persons or Party; at his age he feels he can afford to be independent. In this, the second novel in the series, he travels to Luang Prabang where he communes with the deposed king who is resigned to his fate: it was predicted long ago. And he attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist Party to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey Party orders or get out. But as a series of mutilated corpses arrives in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and Nurse Dtui is menaced, he must use all his powers—forensic and shamanic—to discover the creature—animal or spirit—that has been slaying the innocent.

Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He has taught in Australia, the United States and Japan, and has lived in Thailand, on the Burmese border and in Laos. He lives in Chiang mai in northern Thailand.

For more information, visit www.colincotterill.com 

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"The reluctant national coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons, or Party; at the age of seventy-two he can afford to be independent. With the assistance of his helpers, Mr. Geung, a mentally challenged lab technician and Nurse Dtui, whose nickname means "Fatty", he continues to elucidate the causes of mysterious deaths and defy the incumbent Communist government bureaucracy." "In the course of this latest investigation, Dr. Siri, who has been dubbed "Super Spirit Doc', travels from his home base to Luang Prabang where he communes with the deposed king, who believes he lost his kingdom because his special channel to the occult closed. The king is resigned to his fate; it was predicted long ago. Dr. Siri also attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey Party orders or get out." "Something wild and evil has been let loose in the city of Vientiane. A series of mutilated corpses lands in Dr. Siri's morgue, but it is only when Nurse Dtui is menaced that the elderly coroner can discover the cause of these deaths and identify the creature, animal or spirit, that has been slaying the innocent."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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