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The Coroner's Lunch - Colin Cotterill

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Title
The Coroner's Lunch
Author
Colin Cotterill
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Quercus
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20070607

Laos, 1976. The monarchy has been deposed, the Communist Pathet Lao have taken over. Most of the educated class has fled, but Dr Siri Paiboun, a Paris-trained doctor remains. And so this 72-year-old physician is appointed state coroner, despite having no training, equipment, experience or even inclination for the job. But the job's not that bad and Siri quickly settles into a routine of studying outdated medical texts, scrounging scarce supplies, and circumnavigating bureaucratic red tape to arrive at justice. The fact that the recently departed are prone to pay Siri the odd, unwanted nocturnal visit turns out to be an added bonus in his new line of work.But when the wife of a party leader turns up dead and the bodies of tortured Vietnamese soldiers start bobbing to the surface of a Laotian lake, all eyes turn to Siri. Faced with official cover-ups and an emerging international crisis, the doctor enlists old friends, village shamans,forest spirits, dream visits from the dead - and even the occasional bit of medical deduction - to solve the crimes.

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Colin Cotterill was born and raised in London. He has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan. After working with an NGO and child protection services in Southeast Asia, Colin settled in Thailand, where he now writes full-time. He has been short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger and has won the CWA Dagger in the Library.

Type
BOOK
Edition
UK Airports
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
288

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