Anarchy and Old Dogs : A Dr Siri Murder Mystery, Paperback Book

Anarchy and Old Dogs : A Dr Siri Murder Mystery Paperback

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When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds himself faced with his most explosive case yet.

The dentist's mortal remains aren't nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket.

Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

Enlisting 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 soon finds himself on the trail of an international plot to overthrow the government of Laos.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781847247841

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I've been a great fan of this series, but for some reason, likely to do with my own uninspired state of mind, I couldn't engage fully with this episode in the coroner's career in which he finds himself trying to prevent a plot to overthrow the government from coming to fruition with the help of Dtui and Phosy, and also tries to resolve the suspicious death of a young boy found drowned. Still this is Siri and one can't help but root for him and his crew. And is it possible he's actually found true love?

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In the fourth book of the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, an elderly blind dentist has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is delivered to the morgue of 73 year old Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official/sole coroner of Laos. Before he can identify the corpse he must decipher a letter in the man's pocket, written in code and with invisible ink. With the help of his old friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui; and Phosy, a police officer Dr. Siri discovers a plot to overthrow the government of Laos. We also meet an important new character, Madame Daeng, owner of a noodle shop renowned for its delicious dishes. Siri first met Daeng thirty-seven years years earlier when he was serving with the Free Lao movement. Siri's wife, Boua, has been dead for many years and seeing Madame Daeng again stirs new feelings in Siri.<br/><br/>I don't necessarily think this series will appeal to everyone but I completely love it. Dr. Siri’s lingering idealism, hidden beneath his cynical and humorous comments about the communist government he worked all his life to help install, gives the reader a unique look at 1970s Laos. The characters are in- depth and well written. The author evokes such an atmospheric feel of a country which is largely unfamiliar to many readers. I can't wait to read the next one....Curse of the Pogo Stick.