Dr. Siri, the Communist-appointed coroner of Laos, provides a glimpse into the corruption that rattles his country. As a member of the revolution himself, he fights for the rights of his people, both living and dead. Truly funny and fierce, 72-year-old Dr. Siri reminds me of my Nonno, my highly opinionated Italian grandfather. He is kind to those deserving, quick to stand strong in opposition, and boldly offends proudly. Laos is a country we know little about, yet it has such a colorful history. Under forced communist rule, much of the country remains in poverty. Laos has been hardly touched by the ever-advancing western world, and this series highlights both sides of the communist invasion. This book, the first of a series of nine by Cotterill, intertwines historical fiction–my favorite–murder mystery from a medical point of view, and magical realism. It is a tasteful conglomerate of dark humor, chilling factual details, and the inner argument of 'is this really paranormal, or are we both imagining it?' Recommended by Jenna D'Ottavio-Swanson, our fabulous new employee
Laos, 1978: Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old medical doctor, has unwillingly been appointed the national coroner of the new socialist Laos. His lab is underfunded, his boss is incompetent, and his support staff is quirky, to say the least. But Siri's sense of humor gets him through his often frustrating days.