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Thirty-three teeth

Author: Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Melbourne : Text Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dr. Siri Paiboun of Laos"reluctant national coroner, confused psychic, [and] disheartened communist"employs forensic skills and spiritual acumen to solve a series of bizarre killings in Cotterill's quirky, exotic and winning second novel, set in 1977. Could an old escaped bear be mauling Vientiane citizens? Or is it something more mysticalsay, a weretiger? When Paiboun is summoned to the capital to identify the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Mystery fiction
Named Person: Siri Paiboun, Doctor (Fictitious character); Siri Paiboun, Doctor (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 9781921145889 1921145889
OCLC Number: 174094152
Notes: Originally published: New York : Soho Press, 2005.
Awards: Winner of Dilys Award 2006.
Description: 244 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Colin Cotterill.
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Dr. Siri Paiboun of Laos"reluctant national coroner, confused psychic, [and] disheartened communist"employs forensic skills and spiritual acumen to solve a series of bizarre killings in Cotterill's quirky, exotic and winning second novel, set in 1977. Could an old escaped bear be mauling Vientiane citizens? Or is it something more mysticalsay, a weretiger? When Paiboun is summoned to the capital to identify the nationality of a pair of charred bodies, he quickly flags them as Asians killed in a helicopter crash, and his ability to connect them to the royal family annoys Communist Party leaders. As Paiboun learns of an effort to get the remaining royal family members out of town, he's arrested, accused of damaging government property. But the witness's testimony is questionable, and Paiboun, representing himself in court, escapes this scrape as handily as he's escaped others before. Paiboun's droll wit and Cotterill's engaging plot twists keep things energetic; the rather grisly murders are offset by comedy, including a scene in which a Party member attempts to impose regulations on the spirit world.

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