Thirty-three Teeth

Thirty-three Teeth

Book - 2005
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Perseus Publishing
Justice is done, Laotian Shaman style.

Dr. Siri Paiboun, one of the last doctors left in Laos after the Communist takeover, has been drafted to be national coroner. He is untrained for the job, but this independent seventy-two-year-old has an outstanding qualification for the role: curiosity. And he does not mind incurring the wrath of the party’s hierarchy as he unravels mysterious murders, because the spirits of the dead are on his side—and a little too close for comfort.

Dr. Siri performs autopsies and begins to solve the mysteries relating to a series of deaths by what seem to be bear bites, to explain why a government official ran at full speed through a seventh-story window and fell to his death, and to discover the origins of the two charred bodies from the crashed helicopter in the temple at Luang Prabang. As it turns out, not surprisingly, not all is peaceful and calm in the new Communist paradise of Laos.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press ; Toronto : Vintage Canada, c2005
ISBN: 9780676978322
9781569474297
9781569473887
1569473889
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 20 cm

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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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