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The Coroner's Lunch

Cotterill, Colin

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ISBN 10: 1847240690 / ISBN 13: 9781847240699
Published by Quercus, 2007
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First UK edition/first printing of author's first novel. In his makeshift coroner's office in a state (Laos) where most of the educated classes have fled, Paris-trained Dr. Siri Paiboun is too old to pay much attention to the communist party beaurocrats who attempt to sway his findings. With a sudden embarrassment of corpses on hand, he finds ingenious ways to keep his professional integrity and stand up in a crumbling social structure. Deceptively smooth, with a solid lashing of local beliefs. We really like this series!. Bookseller Inventory # 1305220006

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Title: The Coroner's Lunch

Publisher: Quercus

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Meet Dr. Siri Paiboun, the reluctant national coroner of Laos.

Laos, 1975 - The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a seventy-two-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

He is expected to come up with the answers the party wants, but crafty and charming Dr. Siri is immune to bureaucratic pressure. At his age, he reasons, what can they do to him? And he knows he cannot fail the dead who come into his care without risk of incurring their boundless displeasure. Eternity could be a long time to have the spirits mad at you.

About the Author:

COLIN COTTERILL was born in London. He has taught in Australia, the United States, and Japan and lived for many years in Laos where he worked for nongovernmental social-service organizations. He now writes full time and lives in Thailand. His books have been Book Sense Picks, and he won the Dilys Award and a Crime Writers' Association Library Dagger for Thirty-Three Teeth.

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