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The second biggest nothing / Colin Cotterill.

Cotterill, Colin, author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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LARL Cataloging LARL59817 (Text) LARL59817 New On order -

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  • ISBN: 9781641290616
  • ISBN: 1641290617
  • Physical Description: pages ; cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "A death threat to Dr. Siri and all his friends sends the ex-coroner down memory lane in the 14th installment of Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series set in 1970s Laos. Vientiane, 1980: Laos is celebrating its fifth anniversary of communist rule, and Dr. Siri and his crew couldn't be less thrilled. But really, things could be a lot worse. Madame Daeng's noodle shop is thriving, Tukta and Geung are on their honeymoon, and Siri and Civilai are still plotting their directorial debut. But before things get too comfortable, Dr. Siri finds something odd tied with pink ribbon to his dog, Ugly's, tail: a mysterious note written in English. Upon finding someone to translate the note, Dr. Siri learns it is a death threat--and not just to him, but to everyone he holds dear. And whoever wrote the note claims the job will be executed in two weeks. Thus, at the urging of his motley crew of faithful friends, Dr. Siri contemplates who would hold such a strong grudge as to wish him dead, launching him into hair-bending scenes from his past, including the first time Siri met his lifelong pal Civilai in Paris in the early '30s, a particularly disruptive episode at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and a prisoner of war negotiation in Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam War in the '70s. There will be grave consequences in the present if Dr. Siri can't put together the clues in the past"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* In this fourteenth installment in the Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries, which combine the madcap, the tragic, and the magical, it's 1980, and Dr. Siri, the former national coroner of Laos, finds a death threat tied to the tail of his dog, Ugly. The threat promises to ruin the life Siri has constructed so carefully over the years. Siri and his beloved wife, Madame Daeng (owner of the best noodle shop in Vientiane), meet the threat with oddly exhilarated resolve. They have, after all, survived the Vietnam War and continuing Communist rule, and are amazed to be alive when so many of their contemporaries died long ago. Siri must scan his past, looking for enemy indicators. And this is where the mystery becomes much more than a typical "hero must confront his past" story. Cotterill uses three embedded narratives, showing Siri as a young med student in Paris in 1932, at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and at a POW negotiation in Hanoi in 1972. This is a beautifully evocative way to show the history that Siri has witnessed, from French colonialism through the Vietnam War and Communist rule in Laos. Cotterill packs a lot into this mystery—history, mordant wit, clock-ticking suspense, resilient characters, and odd, entrancing details, like Siri's very crabby spirit guide. A weird and wonderful series continues. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* In this fourteenth installment in the Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries, which combine the madcap, the tragic, and the magical, it's 1980, and Dr. Siri, the former national coroner of Laos, finds a death threat tied to the tail of his dog, Ugly. The threat promises to ruin the life Siri has constructed so carefully over the years. Siri and his beloved wife, Madame Daeng (owner of the best noodle shop in Vientiane), meet the threat with oddly exhilarated resolve. They have, after all, survived the Vietnam War and continuing Communist rule, and are amazed to be alive when so many of their contemporaries died long ago. Siri must scan his past, looking for enemy indicators. And this is where the mystery becomes much more than a typical "hero must confront his past" story. Cotterill uses three embedded narratives, showing Siri as a young med student in Paris in 1932, at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and at a POW negotiation in Hanoi in 1972. This is a beautifully evocative way to show the history that Siri has witnessed, from French colonialism through the Vietnam War and Communist rule in Laos. Cotterill packs a lot into this mystery—history, mordant wit, clock-ticking suspense, resilient characters, and odd, entrancing details, like Siri's very crabby spirit guide. A weird and wonderful series continues. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Colin Cotterill is the author of twelve other books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series: The Coroner’s Lunch, Thirty-Three Teeth, Disco for the Departed, Anarchy and Old Dogs, Curse of the Pogo Stick, The Merry Misogynist, Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, Slash and Burn, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die, Six and a Half Deadly Sins, I Shot the Buddha, The Rat Catchers’ Olympics, and Don’t Eat Me. His fiction has won a Dilys Award and a CWA Dagger in the Library. He lives in Chumphon, Thailand, with his wife and a number of deranged dogs.

Subject: Paiboun, Siri, Doctor (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Paiboun, Siri, Doctor (Fictitious character)
Coroners > Fiction.
Laos > Fiction.
FICTION / Humorous.
Coroners.
Laos.
Genre: Humorous fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Fiction.

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