Thirty-three Teeth

Thirty-three Teeth

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Random House, Inc.
Praise for Cotterill’s The Coroner’s Lunch:

“This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Coroner’s Lunch is marvelous. The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves. Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but not self-conscious about it, this book doesn’t so much pull you in as open a door and let you walk happily through. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s books will love this one.”—S. J. Rozan, author ofAbsent Friends

The Coroner’s Lunch is a satisfying feast for the mind.”—Rebecca Pawel, author ofDeath of a Nationalist, winner of the 2004 Edgar Award for Best First Novel

The national coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons or party; at his advanced age he can afford to be independent. With the assistance of his helpers, the mentally retarded Mr. Geung and Nurse Dtui (“Fatty”)—who has dubbed him “Super Spirit Doc”—he elucidates the causes of mysterious deaths. But he also communes with the deposed king, whose special channel to the occult has left him, and attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to give the spirits an ultimatum: obey party orders or get out.

Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He has taught in Australia, the United States and Japan and has lived in Thailand, on the Burmese border, and in Laos. For the last several years he has worked for UNICEF and local non-governmental agencies to prevent child prostitution and to rehabilitate abused children. He lives in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

For more information, visit www.colincotterill.com

Perseus Publishing

Praise for Cotterill’s The Coroner’s Lunch:

“This series kickoff is an embarrassment of riches: Holmesian sleuthing, political satire and droll comic study of a prickly late bloomer.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Coroner’s Lunch is marvelous. The setting may be unique in Western fiction, and the characters are unique to themselves. Sweet but not sappy, offbeat but not self-conscious about it, this book doesn’t so much pull you in as open a door and let you walk happily through. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s books will love this one.”—S. J. Rozan, author of Absent Friends

The Coroner’s Lunch is a satisfying feast for the mind.”—Rebecca Pawel, author of Death of a Nationalist, winner of the 2004 Edgar Award for Best First Novel

The national coroner of Laos, Dr. Siri Paiboun, is no respecter of persons or party; at his advanced age he can afford to be independent. With the assistance of his helpers, the mentally retarded Mr. Geung and Nurse Dtui (“Fatty”)—who has dubbed him “Super Spirit Doc”—he elucidates the causes of mysterious deaths. But he also communes with the deposed king, whose special channel to the occult has left him, and attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist government to give the spirits an ultimatum: obey party orders or get out.

Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He has taught in Australia, the United States and Japan and has lived in Thailand, on the Burmese border, and in Laos. For the last several years he has worked for UNICEF and local non-governmental agencies to prevent child prostitution and to rehabilitate abused children. He lives in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

For more information, visit www.colincotterill.com 


Justice is done, Laotian shaman style.


Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781569473887
1569473889
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: 33 teeth

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miaone
May 28, 2017

Maybe the best aspect of this series is that the three main characters are three dimensional. They learn and grow, and we readers learn more and more about them. One could rightly wonder what could be so intriguing about a story that concerns people living in Laos in 1977. It seems long ago and far away. The main character, an elderly doctor, is a communist, though not an enthusiastic one. The 2nd main character is a young nurse living in deep poverty but who is studying English and Russian on her own. The 3rd main character is a lovely, charming young man who happens to have Downs Syndrome, but who has much more going on in his head than he is usually given credit for. Unlikely as it may seem, I'd love to be friends with all three of these characters. I hope they remain so engaging through the rest of this mystery series, which I plan to read slowly, and savor.

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Blue_18
Sep 21, 2016

Headline: "Weretiger killed by Chicken". What's a weretiger? How was it killed by a chicken?

multcolib_susannel Feb 17, 2015

Dr. Siri is faced with a new case when several people are brutally murdered. Is it a bear? A Tiger?
A supernatural being? Or is the solution more of a human nature?
Number 2 in the series.

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Travel
Feb 13, 2015

Reading the series for the 2nd time. This is one of the best - a great setting in Luang Prabang, the former Royalist capital, and plenty of involvement of the animist spirits that the Communists are trying to make a deal with. You are never sure what Cotterill is making up and what is based in fact, which is part of what makes the series so much fun.

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Iowakid
Dec 13, 2013

Intriguing characters! Love this series, I'm going to READ THEM ALL!

JCLCourtneyS Oct 29, 2010

One of a series of mysteries featuring a healthy dose of humor and an intriguing peek into the culture of Laos.

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