Doctor Siri Paiboun series - author   novel   crime   mystery  
Issue Details: First known date: 2004-... 2004- Doctor Siri Paiboun
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y The Coroner's Lunch Colin Cotterill , New York (City) : Soho Press , 2004 Z1271727 2004 single work novel crime mystery
y Thirty-Three Teeth 33 Teeth Colin Cotterill , New York (City) : Soho Press , 2005 Z1271730 2005 single work novel crime mystery "The reluctant national coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons, or Party; at the age of seventy-two he can afford to be independent. With the assistance of his helpers, Mr. Geung, a mentally challenged lab technician and Nurse Dtui, whose nickname means "Fatty", he continues to elucidate the causes of mysterious deaths and defy the incumbent Communist government bureaucracy." "In the course of this latest investigation, Dr. Siri, who has been dubbed "Super Spirit Doc', travels from his home base to Luang Prabang where he communes with the deposed king, who believes he lost his kingdom because his special channel to the occult closed. The king is resigned to his fate; it was predicted long ago. Dr. Siri also attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey Party orders or get out." "Something wild and evil has been let loose in the city of Vientiane. A series of mutilated corpses lands in Dr. Siri's morgue, but it is only when Nurse Dtui is menaced that the elderly coroner can discover the cause of these deaths and identify the creature, animal or spirit, that has been slaying the innocent."--BOOK JACKET.
y Disco for the Departed Colin Cotterill , New York (City) : Soho Press , 2006 Z1271735 2006 single work novel mystery
y Anarchy and Old Dogs Colin Cotterill , New York (City) : Soho Press , 2007 Z1603347 2007 single work novel crime mystery
y The Curse of the Pogo Stick Colin Cotterill , New York (City) : Soho Press , 2008 Z1603343 2008 single work novel crime mystery Dr. Siri Paiboun, the spry seventy-three-year-old reluctant national coroner of Laos, is out of town when a booby-trapped corpse is delivered to the morgue in Vientiane. The lives of visiting doctors, the morgue attendants, and Madame Daeng, Dr. Siri's fiancee, are saved by the intervention of Nurse Dtui, the doctor's longtime assistant, but it is a near thing. Who is responsible for this outrage? On his way back from a Communist Party meeting in the north, Dr. Siri is kidnapped by seven female Hmong villagers. The village elder had ordered them to bring Siri to him, hoping that Yeh Ming, the thousand-year-old shaman who shares the doctor's body, would consent to exorcise the headman's daughter. He fears that her soul has been possessed by a demon due to the curse of a mysterious artifact that they have placed on an altar. Siri agrees to help and in so doing, brings to pass a prediction of Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller. - Libraries Australia record
y The Merry Misogynist Colin Cotterill , London : Quercus , 2010 10269484 2010 single work novel crime mystery

In poverty-stricken 1978 Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody-a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri's morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered. On a trip to the hinterlands, Siri discovers that many women have been killed in this way. He sets out to investigate this unprecedented phenomenon-a serial killer in peaceful Buddhist Laos-only to discover, when he has identified the murderer, that not only pretty maidens are at risk: seventy-three-year-old coroners can be victims too.

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y Love Songs From a Shallow Grave Colin Cotterill , London : Quercus , 2010 10269350 2010 single work novel crime mystery

As usual, all is abnormal in Dr Siri Paiboun's morgue in downtown Vientiane. Siri and her team are investigating the case of three women skewered by a sword through their hearts. A culprit has been apprehended, tried and sentenced to death in a week's time. Siri isn't sure that they have the right man.

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y Slash and Burn Colin Cotterill , London : Quercus , 2011 Z1841847 2011 single work novel crime mystery 'Dr Siri's bagged himself a holiday: an all-expenses-paid trip to the northern mountains of Laos. What's more, through a bit of skilful bartering (well, blackmail) he has wangled it so that his nearest and dearest may accompany him. Supervising an excavation for the remains of a U.S. fighter pilot who crashed in a northern Laos jungle a decade earlier, national coroner Dr. Siri becomes suspicious when a series of fatal accidents culminates in his team getting trapped in a cabin.' (Trove)
y The Woman Who Wouldn't Die Colin Cotterill , London : Quercus , 2013 10269565 2013 single work novel mystery crime

In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant, and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

Lao national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, are sent along to supervise the excavation. It could be a kind of relaxing vacation for them, maybe, except Siri is obsessed with the pretty undead medium's special abilities, and Madame Daeng might be a little jealous. She doesn't trust the woman for some reason─is her hunch right? What is the group really digging for at the bottom of this remote river on the Thai border? What war secrets are being covered up?

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y Six And A Half Deadly Sins Colin Cotterill , Sydney : Soho Press , 2016 9221479 2016 single work novel crime

'As an escalating war edges into Communist Laos, feisty septugenarian ex-national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun is preoccupied with another matter: tracing a mysterious message he's received in the form of a severed finger.' (Publication summary)

y I Shot the Buddha Colin Cotterill , New York (City) : Soho Crime , 2016 10438680 2016 single work novel crime mystery

Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result, they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk, who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator: a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekhong River to Thailand.

Naturally, Siri can’t turn down the adventure, and soon he and his friends find themselves running afoul of Lao secret service officers and famous spiritualists. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia. In order to exonerate an innocent man, they will have to figure out who is cloaking terrible misdeeds in religiosity.

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