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Anarchy and Old Dogs (2007)

by Colin Cotterill

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No. 4 in the Dr. Siri series. This one involves political intrigue, as Dr. Siri discovers a plot to overthrow the new communist government of Laos, a government he passionately fought for as a much younger man. Although he has to admit that the communist bureaucracy is a joke, and that it has not fulfilled the expectations of those who worked so hard for an independent Laos, it seems that another coup is not the answer. Siri and his assistant, Nurse Dtui, along with old friends Phosy and Civilai, set out to find the source of the conspiracy and thwart it, solving an odd death or two along the way. The complications of Laotian history are hard to follow, but for readers of the series, there are some potent surprises brewing, and you really won't want to miss this installment. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 28, 2014 |
Dr. Siri Paiboun
  devans00 | Feb 5, 2014 |
Another entertaining Dr. Siri Paiboun story. His connection to the spiritual world didn't play as large a part in this book, and I missed it. It's something that makes the books different. I had a hard time believing one of the climatic scenes, but the exploration of regret and friendship was interesting, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. ( )
  eapalmer | Sep 29, 2013 |

Dr. Siri Paiboun is a hearty 73 year old that is quite proud of having been an active force in the thirty-year struggle of the Pathet Lao in their efforts to throw off the yoke of colonialism. Sometimes when Siri is in doubt about certain aspects of his job he turns to the French expert Inspector Maigret. This is the case when he discovers a blank piece of paper in the pocket of a blind dentist who was hit by a bus. He remembers how Maigret used a formula of sodium bicarbonate to reveal hidden messages written in invisible ink. Thus he uncovers an n encoded message that starts him on an adventure that caps a lifetime of struggle. It appears that is a rebellion afoot, a drive to bring the royalists back.
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  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
woo! what an ending! ( )
  sriemann | Apr 1, 2013 |
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A blind retired dentist has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is duly delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of seventy-four, Dr. Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. He identifies the corpse, helped by the letter in the man’s pocket. But first he must decipher it; it is written in code and invisible ink. The dentist’s widow explains that 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 (“Fatty”); Phosy, a police officer; and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Dr. Siri solves the mystery of the note and foils a plot to overthrow the government of Laos.

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A blind retired dentist has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the Post Office. His body is duly delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of seventy-three, Dr. Siri is too old to be in awe of the new Communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. He identifies the corpse, helped by the letter in the mans pocket. But first he must decipher it; it is written in code and invisible ink. The dentists widow explains that 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, and of Nurse Dtui (Fatty), Phosy, a police officer, and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Dr. Siri solves the mystery of the note to the blind dentist and foils a plot to overthrow the government of Laos.… (more)

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