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Anarchy and Old Dogs (2007)

by Colin Cotterill

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I think these books just keep getting better. This is the fourth in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series.

"The post office box was eighteen across, twelve down, and it had a loop of wool wound around the door so Dr. Buagaew wouldn't miss it. He traced the keyhole with his left hand and inserted the key with his right. From inside the wooden chamber came the scent of bygone correspondence: of brown-paper parcels and glue, of old parchment and secrets. His hand fell upon a thin envelope. He knew it would be there and he knew what it contained because only one other person was aware of the post office box address."

The first paragraph sets up the first of the mysteries to be solved. As Dr. Buagaew, the blind dentist, leaves the post office, he is killed by a runaway truck. Dr. Paiboun finds the letter, an encrypted note, in the pocket of the deceased's coat. He and his good friend Civilai travel from Vientiane to the doctor's town to try to unravel the meaning of what they discover after deciphering the note. Other mysteries unfold, and the good doctor reunites with an old friend.

Dr. Paiboun's spiritual helpers are less prevalent in this book. Nurse Dtui plays a big part again along with officer Phosi, and a new character, Auntie Bpoo, a fortune-teller transvestite, emerges. There is a lot of humor thrown in for good measure. It is the descriptions of 1970's Communist Laos that keep drawing me to this series.

April 2014 ( )
  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
Yet another winner in the Dr Siri series, again perfectly read. Dr Siri is the national coroner of Laos, in the early-mid 1970s, holding this position that he neither sought nor wanted. Lovely attitude towards life. Wonderful characters, good plots... Some magic/mysticism, but not too heavy handed. ( )
  DavidO1103 | May 2, 2015 |
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 |
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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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