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Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: A Dr. Siri Investigation Set in Laos

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Publisher Comments:

Praise for the Dr. Siri series:

“The consistently fine characterizations of the entire cast are matched by a tightly constructed plot.”—Booklist

“Glimpses of everyday life in Laos will appeal to those readers curious about a culture unfamiliar to most Americans.”—Publishers Weekly

Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all-expenses-paid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, seventy-four-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.

Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952 and taught and trained teachers around the world before settling in Thailand. He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO, before he moved on to become involved in child protection in the region and set up a non-governmental organization in Phuket. He later moved on to ECPAT, an international organization combating child prostitution and pornography. Colin writes and illustrates full time, and lives in Chumphon on the Gulf of Thailand with his wife, Jessi, and a bunch of dogs. He is a Dilys Award winner.

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"Set in 1978, Cotterill's superb seventh mystery to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun (after 2009's The Merry Misogynist) finds 'the national and only coroner of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos' nearing his 74th birthday chained to a lead pipe in a Cambodian prison. Siri's captivity is wrapped around investigating the puzzling deaths of three Laotian women, each skewered by dueling swords that are a decided rarity in Laos. A strong supporting cast, including Siri's recently acquired wife, Madame Daeng, and morgue colleague Nurse Dtui, who's married to Inspector Phosy, enriches the narrative. The unfathomable violence of the Khmer Rouge reign emerges during Siri's unexpected ordeal and forms a vivid contrast to his humanity in seeking to protect the murder suspect in the three sword deaths. This immensely satisfying mystery has it all--a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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The seventh Dr. Siri investigation by the winner of the 2009 CWA Dagger in the Library.

Synopsis:

Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all-expenses-paid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, seventy-four-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.

About the Author

Colin Cotterill, author of six previous books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series, lives in Chumphon, Thailand, with his wife. His books have been Book Sense Picks, and he won the Dilys Award for Thirty-Three Teeth as well as a Crime Writers' Association Library Dagger.

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FredLavy, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by FredLavy)
Dr. Siri is the only forensic coroner for Laos. He was a surgeon, but otherwise is not trained for the job, but he has the help of visions. In this episode, he "wins" a trip to Cambodia during the dark days of the Khmer Rouge and gets locked up.
The book is dedicated to the victims of the Killing Fields.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781569476277
Subtitle:
A Dr. Siri Investigation Set in Laos
Author:
Cotterill, Colin
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Women, Crimes against
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100801
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.50 x 5.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in 1978, Cotterill's superb seventh mystery to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun (after 2009's The Merry Misogynist) finds 'the national and only coroner of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos' nearing his 74th birthday chained to a lead pipe in a Cambodian prison. Siri's captivity is wrapped around investigating the puzzling deaths of three Laotian women, each skewered by dueling swords that are a decided rarity in Laos. A strong supporting cast, including Siri's recently acquired wife, Madame Daeng, and morgue colleague Nurse Dtui, who's married to Inspector Phosy, enriches the narrative. The unfathomable violence of the Khmer Rouge reign emerges during Siri's unexpected ordeal and forms a vivid contrast to his humanity in seeking to protect the murder suspect in the three sword deaths. This immensely satisfying mystery has it all--a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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The seventh Dr. Siri investigation by the winner of the 2009 CWA Dagger in the Library.
"Synopsis" by , Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad in an Eastern bloc country. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all-expenses-paid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death. The Khmer Rouge is relentless, and it is touch and go for the dauntless, seventy-four-year-old national—and only—coroner of Laos.
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