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Disco For The Departed

Disco For The Departed Dr Siri Paiboun reluctant national coroner of the People s Democratic Republic of Laos is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province where for years the leaders of the curre

  • Title: Disco For The Departed
  • Author: Colin Cotterill
  • ISBN: 9780676978339
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dr Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People s Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government had hidden out in caves, waiting to assume power Now, as a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, an arm is found protruding from theDr Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People s Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government had hidden out in caves, waiting to assume power Now, as a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk that had been laid from the President s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs Dr Siri is ordered to supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify the corpse and discover how he died.The autopsy provides some surprises but it is his gift as a shaman that enables the seventy two year old doctor to discover why the victim was buried alive and, eventually, the identity of his killer.

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    1. Colin Cotterill

      Colin Cotterill was born in London and trained as a teacher and set off on a world tour that didn t ever come to an end He worked as a Physical Education instructor in Israel, a primary school teacher in Australia, a counselor for educationally handicapped adults in the US, and a university lecturer in Japan But the greater part of his latter years has been spent in Southeast Asia Colin has taught and trained teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty programme language teaching series English By Accident, for Thai national television.Ten years ago, Colin became involved in child protection in the region and set up an NGO in Phuket which he ran for the first two years After two years of study in child abuse issues, and one stint in Phuket, he moved on to ECPAT, an international organization combating child prostitution and pornography He established their training program for caregivers.All the while, Colin continued with his two other passions cartooning and writing He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post but had little time to write It wasn t until his work with trafficked children that he found himself sufficiently stimulated to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard Suk s Editions 2000.The reaction to that first attempt was so positive that Colin decided to take time off and write full time Since October 2001 he has written nine novels Two of these are child protection based Evil in the Land Without Asia Books December 03 , and Pool and Its Role in Asian Communism Asia Books, Dec 05 These were followed by The Coroner s Lunch Soho Press Dec 04 , Thirty Three Teeth Aug 05 , Disco for the Departed Aug 06 , Anarchy and Old Dogs Aug 07 , and Curse of the Pogo Stick Aug 08 , The Merry Misogynist Aug 09 , Love Songs from a Shallow Grave Aug 10 these last seven are set in Laos in the 1970 s.On June 15 2009 Colin Cotterill received the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award for being the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to library users.When the Lao books gained in popularity, Cotterill set up a project to send books to Lao children and sponsor trainee teachers The Books for Laos programme elicits support from fans of the books and is administered purely on a voluntary basis.Since 1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications A Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket Matichon May 04 and weekly social cartoons in the Nation newspaper, set him back onto the cartoon trail in 2004 On 4 April 2004, an illustrated bilingual column cycle logical was launched in Matichon s popular weekly news magazine These have been published in book form.Colin is married and lives in a fishing community on the Gulf of Siam with his wife, Jessi, and ever expanding pack of very annoying dogs.

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    1. Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Dr. Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government had hidden out in caves, waiting to assume power. Now, as a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk that had been laid from the President’s former cave hideout to his [...]


    2. Like the little girl Panoy, I too wish I could reach up and tug on Dr. Siri's fluffy white eyebrows, hopefully convince him to tell a story or two about the spirits and his coroner's cases. He's a delightful old man who is learning to appreciate new talents, including a spirit-provided gift of rhythm in his step. Disco is a treasure of an adult tale, with a lush foreign setting, an intriguing mystery, a fine balance of both darkness and humor, and touches of spirits and black magic. Dr. Siri and [...]


    3. Third time's a charm. I enjoyed the initial two books in the Dr. Siri series, but, with Disco for the Departed, Cotterill gives us a superb read, in every way. It's not easy to explain what makes '70s Laos with a 71-year old coroner so mesmerizing. Mesmerizing it is, though - whether reading about the Vietnamese building roads that end twenty yards away from where Russian bridges are placed, because the Vietnamese refuse to redesign or re-place the roads once they realize they won't connect to e [...]


    4. I've fallen in love with Dr. Siri Paiboun. He's seventy-three in 1977, and I'm a fifty-five year old lesbian, so who's to say it's not a match made in the pages. Still, I find myself identifying with the characters of these books in so many ways. I like the relationships in this series; they remind me of Sunday lunches at my Aunt Sis's house back when I was a kid. We talked about war, politics, who loved who, movie stars, and the world. I was about twelve, and my little sister and I would sit on [...]


    5. I'm still very much enjoying Dr Siri and his eccentricities. Usually they would begin to grate on me by now, but I find him a lovely, refreshing, no bullshit kinda character. On to the next adventure.


    6. Colin Cotterill is a good writer. Pure and simple. His plots are interesting, his settings are well researched and he has a good prose style. It's a pleasure to read his works. Often with mystery writers I find that plots are well developed - and the setting adds to the enjoyment but the writing is overly simple (Agatha Christie) or very choppy (Cara Black.) Cotterill so far has excelled on all accounts. I highly recommend the Dr. Siri series. It probably adds to my interest that I have travelle [...]


    7. This is the third book in the series about Siri Paiboun, "the feisty 73-year-old national coroner of Laos" (as the backcover blurb says). This time he has to use his deductive powers and access to the spirit world to solve the deaths of three people before the Laotian and Vietnamese politburos show up at the old rebel capital for a national celebration.Cotterill lets the less-than-benevolent side of the Pathet Lao show through a bit more here than in the previous two entries but the emphasis is [...]


    8. This book has its pros and cons. On the pro side, the characters of Geung and Dtui are fleshed out in this volume; we find out more about their pasts and possible futures, and they are no longer two-dimensional supporting characters. There are some excellent twists in the narrative tail, and more than one good red herring--or at least a shot or two of nuoc mam!On the con, I am moved to wonder if Cotterill has any experience writing TV dramas. It would seem so, as people tend to ask important que [...]


    9. The books in this series, so far, are a 3.75-4. Enjoyable reads. Quite different in several respects. Set in Laos in the 70s. An elderly state coroner for the communist party. A feisty female nurse/assistant. A morgue attendant with Down's Syndrome. Magical realism / shamanism / murder mysteries. Local, regional, and sometimes global Communist party politics presented sardonically as a backdrop to the goings on. Why are these books so readable and warmly engaging? Most professional and amateur r [...]


    10. First Sentence: Dr. Siri lay beneath the grimy mesh of the mosquito net watching the lizard’s third attempt.Dr. Siri and Dturi have been sent to a “guest house” at revolutionary headquarters in the mountains of Huaphan province to attend a seminar intended to provide them with an ‘enlightened” understanding of the Marxist-Leninist system. What they did not expect was for an arm to be discovered rising out of a concrete path. The arm was attached to the body of a man who’d been encase [...]


    11. A lovely light read - I must be inured to descriptions of medical procedures and autopsies as I did not find these difficult as some readers report. Cotterill crafts a superb mystery and does not show his hand too early. Throughout the book one returns to the secondary adventure of Geung the downs' syndrome able assistant at the mortuary who is not present in the primary investigation with Dtui and Dr. Siri. Despite the fact that one knows pretty well what to expect with Dr. Siri as it has been [...]


    12. Dr. Siri Paiboun, our favorite Laotian coroner returns. It’s 1977 and this time he is summoned to northern Laos, to investigate a body, buried in cement and joining him on this trip is his faithful nurse Dtui. The mystery in this story, however well it unravels, is secondary to these wonderful characters. They are smart and witty and oh so engaging.There is also just the right amount of eastern mysticism , with Siri having the gift of “vision” and being able to speak with the dearly depart [...]


    13. I love this series of books about Dr Siri the reluctant patholodist in Communist Laos. He has a nurse and an assistant with Downs Syndrom who knows more about the lab than either Siri or the nurse.Siri is just such a lovely character and the observations about the administration in Laos and the corruption are written so that you are aware of the reality yet can smile at the ridiculousness of it all.The books remind me a bit of Alexander McColl Smith's No 1 lady detective in their great observati [...]


    14. This is the 3rd Laos mystery with Dr. Siri et al. Maybe I am a sucker for a good mystery. Maybe I am a sucker for a good turn of phrase. Maybe I am a sucker for stories in other countries. All those statements are true, and I am pleased to be that sucker.What I love about this series is that the characters really get to do some very interesting detective work in a country where there are limits on everything due to communism. There is at least one phrase each page I want to savor over and over a [...]


    15. I've really been enjoying this series and this 3rd is not an exception. However, the wrap-up of the mystery seemed a bit contrived this time and not as believable. Dr Santiago turns out NOT to be a master of dark magic and all the "spells" he was supposedly responsible for are too easily explained and brushed aside I mean how DID Lit's finger REALLY shrivel over-night? And why would Dr Santiago have an ineffectual powder ready to blow in everyone's face when he knew he was a fraud; he could easi [...]


    16. Another thoroughly enjoyable and steadily paced adventure involving Laotian Medical Examiner Dr. Siri Paboun and his nurse Dtui. While the pair are engaged in a gruesome and freakish number of murders that involve Santaria and Endoke black magic, their assistant has an epic journey through the provinces that also reveals a good part of his initial story which is quite poignant. As always, there is a strong message involving love and friendship that save so that the reader always finishes with a [...]


    17. I enjoyed this book less than the others in the series. Colin Cotteril is a good writer - better than many mystery genre writers - but this entry goes overboard on the supernatural element. In fact, it would be better placed in the supernatural genre. The touch is light - plenty of light humor - but the plot(s) fly off in many different directions, and there's too much reliance on spirit possession, etc.


    18. Cotterill is a crafty writer, drawing in Laotian culture and history, but also folk religion, most significantly by having spirits contributing to coroner Siri's resolving the mysterious deaths. Thankfully, Cotterill also writes with a light touch, so there is subtle humor and whimsy as well. The audiobook narration is also skillfully accomplished.


    19. More murder and mayhem in Dr. Siri's Laos, with supernatural elements abounding. Cotterill continues to deliver the comfort of returning to an old friend to continue a pleasant, if somewhat odd, conversation on Laos and the great beyond.



    20. The Dr. Siri series seems to get better with each installment. Good mysteries, interesting insight into the mid-twentieth century history of Laos and Vietnam, really likeable characters.


    21. This is an exceptional series that I am enjoying very much, but I did not like this volume nearly as much as the first two. Early on, Cotterill mentions a young woman forced into prostitution by poverty and he comments that at least she'd found employment. It really grated on me. Later, Dr Siri's partial possession by the spirit of a black man has the unexpected side effect of giving the old doctor a sense of rhythm. I mean, what the fuck?I enjoyed Geung's adventure, but it also seemed a bit sen [...]


    22. Colin Cotterill writes books I love to read. This one was no exception. Dr. Siri, Dtui, and Mr. Jeung are off on life-threatening adventures, some with disastrous results. The spirits abound, some evil, some good, some in need of help to set their records straight. For Dr. Siri, the real world and the spirit world are often inseparable, one seemingly as real as the other. And the villains of both worlds truly are wicked. When I read this series, I also get a good history of Laos in the 1970's wi [...]


    23. Dr. Siri is at it again! Our slyly amusing National Coroner and his nurse Dtui are called away to investigate a gruesome corpse. The ensuing investigation is more than a little unusual and full of red herrings and sneaky twists. Very shortly after they left, the self serving head of the justice department arranged to have Mr Geung transported by the army to a remote area simply because the valuable morgue assistant has Down's. That is another complicated tale and parallel to the other. All in al [...]


    24. I just love me a good communist psychic coroner procedural. This entry, as with, I suspect the whole series, is far funnier if you've ever worked in Lao PDR. The sly take on on the PL struggling to make a government, the disadvantages of Vietnamese involvement and the undercurrent of suppressed mysticism are always so fun to read. Siri and Dtui are a great team, and it was great to see the morgue assistant Deung get a subplot of his own.


    25. I love the Siri Paiboun mysteries. They are often hilarious, always intriguing, and occasionally profound. Anyone interested in the Viet Nam war and the devastating effect on the surrounding countries should look into these mysteries. This one especially is about what happens when all of the top jobs are filled by party loyalists who know nothing of what needs to be done to keep the country running.


    26. I really wish the whole shaman/body possession/speaking to the dead focus was removed. I like the history, the culture and the characters without all that unnecessary crap. It detracts significantly from an otherwise good mystery and an author who really doesn't need all those gimmicks.Laos 1970's


    27. Another engaging mystery featuring Dr. Siri, the most reluctant national coroner of Laos, and his faithful co-workers, Nurse Dtui and Mr. Geung. In this installment Siri and Dtui are sent to the Huaphan Province, where a body has been found right before a planned celebration by the government, while Mr. Geung has his own adventure.


    28. I have been (unintentionally) reading this series in a very mixed-up sequence, but in the upside down and backwards worlds of Dr. Siri, that hardly matters. There is particularly good character development of Nurse Dtui and Mr. Geung here.


    29. So far, I have been enjoying the Dr. Siri Paiboun series of books. The mysteries are interesting, and I appreciate the glimpse into the history of Laos. The characters are endearing and the books are well-written. Very delightful.


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