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Anarchy and Old Dogs by Colin Cotterill
  

Anarchy and Old Dogs

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Another wonderful, whimsical, humorous and magical tale featuring an ancient chief coroner of Laos in the 1970s and his bunch of eccentric colleagues, here with a plot to overthrow the government to be thwarted. He has won this year’s Crime Writers Association ‘Body in the Library’ award for the whole series which, although each book is complete in itself, if you start at the beginning you get the characters’ development which adds to the pleasure.

Comparison: Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Zouroudi, Matt Rees.

Dr Siri Paiboun series:
1. The Coroner's Lunch
2. Thirty-Three Teeth
3. Disco for the Departed
4. Anarchy and Old Dogs
5. Curse of the Pogo Stick

6. The Merry Misogynist

If you like Colin Cotterill you might also like to read books by Shamini Flint, Matt Rees and Matt Rees.

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Synopsis

Anarchy and Old Dogs by Colin Cotterill

When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds himself faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist's mortal remains aren't nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

Enlisting the help of his old friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui ('Fatty'); Phosy, a police officer; and, Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Dr Siri soon finds himself on the trail of an international plot to overthrow the government of Laos.

Reviews

'It is not unusual to find a renegade Thai forest monk or a transvestite fortune-teller wandering casually through the capital city, Vientane, where Dr Siri works ... everywhere Mr Cotterill's characters go, they maintain a wry, seasoned, offhand style that has been the secret weapon of this unexpectedly blithe and charming series'
New York Times

. * New York Times * 'Fascinating background, engaging characters and witty dialogue
Sunday Telegraph

. * Sunday Telegraph * 'Cotterill's novels have richer plots than Alexander McCall Smith's African detective stories, but the same comic charm
Sunday Times

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About the Author

Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill was born in London and trained as a teacher and set off on a world tour that didn't ever come to an end. He worked as a Physical Education instructor in Israel, a primary school teacher in Australia, a counselor for educationally handicapped adults in the US, and a university lecturer in Japan. But the greater part of his latter years has been spent in Southeast Asia. Colin has taught and trained teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border. He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty-programme language teaching series; English By Accident, for Thai national television.

All the while, Colin continued with his two other passions; cartooning and writing. He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post but had little time to write. It wasn't until his work with trafficked children that he found himself sufficiently stimulated to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard (Suk's Editions. 2000).

Colin is married and lives in a fishing community on the Gulf of Siam with his wife, Jessi, and two very annoying dogs.

Author photo © Roy Hamric

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Book Info

Publication date

7th May 2009

Author

Colin Cotterill

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Author's Website

www.colincotterill.com/

Publisher

Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781847247841

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

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Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.

As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

Publisher's Website

www.quercusbooks.co.uk

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