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by Clive Chafer,Colin Cotterill


Anarchy and Old Dogs book.

Anarchy and Old Dogs book. A blind retired dentist has been run down by a logging truck.

Book 4 of 13 in A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery (13 Book Series). Two people enter Siri's life in "Anarchy and Old Dogs", one new, one renewed. The new is Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune teller who is even more cryptic than Siri's dreams of the dead. The renewed is Madame Daeng, owner of a noodle shop renowned for its exquisite entrees.

The characters are special in the book. Dr. Siri is humorous and speaks his mind in an atmosphere that does not encourage this at all.

A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery. Praise for Anarchy and Old Dogs "A series of terrifically beguiling detective novels. I had just finished reading the first in the Dr. Siri's books, called "The Coroner's Lunch"

A Dr. Whimsical, more personal stories that feature Siri and an equally memorable set of supporting characters. A wry, seasoned, off hand style that has been the secret weapon of this unexpectedly blithe and charming series. Siri's books, called "The Coroner's Lunch". I was so taken with it, I wanted to get the sequels - and here they all were! I'm an avid mystery buff, and I found this whole series totally unique, filled with marvelous characters and plots.

Colin Cotterill Anarchy and the Old Dogs (D. iri Paiboun – 4) A Note to a Blind Dentist The post office box was eighteen across, twelve down, and it had a loop of wool wound around the door so Dr. Buagaew wouldn’t miss it. He traced the keyhole with his left hand and inserted the key with his right. From inside the wooden chamber came the scent of bygone correspondence: of brown-paper parcels and glue, of old parc. A Note to a Blind Dentist. The post office box was eighteen across, twelve down, and it had a loop of wool wound around the door so Dr.

Written by Colin Cotterill, Audiobook narrated by Clive Chafer. Anarchy and Old Dogs. The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 4. By: Colin Cotterill. Narrated by: Clive Chafer. Series: Doctor Siri Paiboun, Book 4. Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins. Categories: Mysteries & Thrillers, Modern Detective.

Now look at Dr. Siri Paiboun, the septuagenarian coroner at the center of an outstanding string of books by Colin Cotterill. By the time of Anarchy and Old Dogs, the fourth Dr. Siri book, it is 1977, and Laos has not changed for the better. Siri, as he is called, is every bit as eccentrically winsome as Mr. Smith’s Precious Ramotswe, and neither is a sleuth in any hard-boiled sense. It’s just that, as his country’s national coroner Dr. Siri often finds himself on an intimate basis with the dead. Siri lives in the historian’s nightmare: interesting times. In 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War, the Pathet Lao overthrew the country’s monarchy and assumed control.

Colin Cotterill is the author of eight previous 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, and Slash and Burn

Colin Cotterill is the author of eight previous 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, and Slash and Burn. Colin has received a Dilys Award win and a Barry Award nomination, and he was the 2011 Bouchercon International Guest of Honor.

In this fourth Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery, the reluctant coroner of Laos must foil a plot to overthrow the government. An elderly man has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of seventy-three, Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. Before he can identify the corpse, he must decipher a letter in the man's pocket--it is written in invisible ink and in code. He was a blind retired dentist, his widow explains, and the enigmatic letters and numbers describe chess moves, but they are unlike any chess symbols Siri has previously encountered. With the help of his old friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui; Phosy, a police officer; and Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Siri must solve the mystery of the note to the blind dentist and foil a plot to overthrow the government of Laos.
breakingthesystem
"Forget the planet, save the gardens."

Il faut cultiver nos jardins.

Think globally, act locally.

Laughter and tears throughout the last half of this book do not amount to much, do they? I am an emotional cretin, much like ... well, we know who we are, don't we?

It is unusual for me to hang on to my paperbacks -- they normally go through the system to the charity book sale -- but Dr. Siri is an exceptional character in the history of crime fiction.
Adokelv
The entire Dr. Siri series is quite well written. Almost every book has a very good story line. The characters are very well developed and the mysteries are well thought out and fun to read.

Partly because these series take place in an Eastern country (Laos) there is that whole supernatural element to them. The main character (Dr. Siri) hosts a thousand year old Shaman in his body. Now, if you can't get over having to accept that, you should definitely skip reading these books because that part is central to all of them. I thought that it might bother me but the way the author introduces this fact and weaves it into the story, makes you kind of just go with it. I now find that it doesn't bother me at all and in fact, adds to the story.

Ironically, what's more unbelievable for me is that a 73 year old can do all the things Dr. Siri does, suffer such horrible injuries and just keep going. Having parents in that age range, it seems to me very unlikely that people of that age could bounce back so quickly from all the various injuries Dr. Siri sustains.

Be that as it may, these books are all definitely worth reading. Not only are they great stories, they have taught me so much about Laos, it's culture and its history, something I knew absolutely nothing about. I read some reviews saying that the books are propaganda or re-writing of history. My thought is that you read historical fiction to get a feel for the country, culture, habits, etc., and if you want an accurate history, you read a few historical books and make up your own mind. This author's portrayal of the US-Laos conflict is not God's word and I don't think he expects it to be!

Overall, I recommend this entire series.
Frey
Best friends, Dr. Siri Paiboun, Laos National Coroner, and Politburo Comrade Civalai, decide to investigate the possible plot on their own. Maybe not totally realistic, but then they are operating under very different circumstances than we'd be. For them, it's Laos in 1977, two years into the newly minted governance of the People's Revolutionary Party. Siri and Civalai are true, albeit realistic, believers in the better world that communism promises, compared to the overlording of the deposed King and his French backers.

And how did they get to the point of putting themselves in danger with their snooping? A blind dentist, on his way to the bus stop from the post office, stepped in front of an out-of-control truck. And Siri is incapable of simply reporting the official cause of death. He has to figure out why the heck this blind dentist took a bus from another town to pick up an envelope with nothing in it but a blank sheet of paper.

I love Colin Cotterill's writing. It's funny and intelligent and enormously descriptive. Here, Siri welcomes the dentist to the morgue: [The accident victim] "was being borne on an old Halls Menthol Cough Drop advertising billboard, used as a litter, by two young policemen. The billboard had also been a victim of the truck. The officers wore unmatching, ill-fitting uniforms. As they entered, Siri looked at their boyish faces and noted how narrow the gap was becoming between puberty and authority."

Two people enter Siri's life in "Anarchy and Old Dogs", one new, one renewed. The new is Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune teller who is even more cryptic than Siri's dreams of the dead.

The renewed is Madame Daeng, owner of a noodle shop renowned for its exquisite entrees. Siri first met Daeng "thirty-seven years years earlier at the southern youth camp where he and his wife, Boua, were serving with the Free Lao movement. Daeng had been their cook. At first that was all the remarkable young woman had done, but she soon demonstrated skills and determination far beyond the wok." Boua has been dead some years now, and seeing their close friend Daeng again, after years of losing touch, makes Siri feel 18 again.

Recommended book in a highly recommended series. If you can, start with the first in the series:
The Coroner's Lunch
Though each mystery is stand-alone, there is back story that develops over each book, and you may, like me, grow to love the irascible, funny, very human characters.

Happy Reader
Anarchy and Old Dogs (The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 4) ebook
Author:
Clive Chafer,Colin Cotterill
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Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (September 10, 2011)
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