Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill

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Dr Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current government had hidden out in caves, waiting to assume power. Now, as a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk that had been laid from the President’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Dr Siri is ordered to supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify the corpse, and discover how he died.

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About Colin Cotterill

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Born in London, COLIN COTTERILL has worked as teacher in Israel, Australia, the U.S. and Japan before he started training teachers in Thailand. Cotterill and his wife live in a small fishing village on the Gulf of Siam in Southern Thailand. He has won the Dilys and a CWA Dagger and has been a finalist for several other awards.
Published July 5, 2011 by Soho Crime. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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On the way to solving the mystery of the corpse in the cave, curmudgeonly Dr. Siri meets an array of Comrades as quirky as himself.

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In Disco for the Departed, his third adventure, Dr. Paiboun is troubled by both the death of a Cuban nurse and the deceased's continuing love for pop music (or, as Paiboun describes it, ''this wailing of tortured Americans'').

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Summary: The period location of this book (in newly communist Laos) is unusual, the supernatural elements convincing, but it's shame that the plot is rather pedestrian.

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