Anarchy and Old Dogs, by Cotterill, Colin
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- ISBN: 9781569475010 | 1569475016
- Cover: Trade Paper
- Copyright: 8/1/2008
"A series of terrifically beguiling detective novels. . . . Whimsical, more personal stories that feature Siri and an equally memorable set of supporting characters. . . . A wry, seasoned, off hand style that has been the secret weapon of this unexpectedly blithe and charming series."-Janet Maslin, The New York Times"Sirirs"s lingering idealism, hidden beneath his cynical-and often hilarious-digs at the government, provide unexpected emotional depth."- Entertainment Weekly"Think Whatrs"s Up, Tiger Lily with Mao taking over for Woody Allen."-Bloomberg.com"Delightful."- Publishers WeeklyAn elderly man 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 Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of seventy-three, Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. Before he can identify the corpse, he must decipher a letter in the manrs"s pocket-it is written in invisible ink and in code. He was a blind retired dentist, his widow explains, and 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; Phosy, a police officer; and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Siri solves the mystery of the note to the blind dentist and foils a plot to overthrow the government of Laos.For more information, visit www.colincotterill.com