Disco for the Departed

Disco for the Departed

[a Dr. Siri Paibonn Mystery]

Book - 2006
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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.

The autopsy provides some surprises but it is his gift as a shaman that enables the seventy-two-year old doctor to discover why the victim was buried alive and, eventually, the identity of his killer.

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780676978339
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 20 cm


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May 26, 2017

I loved the first two books in this series, but this one was a big disappointment. It seems poorly thought out and is written in a way that feels scattered. Also, there were too many references to Cuban voodoo for me to stomach. Really gruesome stuff. There is none of the humor and light cynicism of the first two novels in the series. Finally I gave up and skimmed the second two-thirds of the book in case something important happened to one of the three main characters or three minor characters.
I have the rest of the series on hold and I hope the quality of the writing gets back to the high level it started with.
P.S. It does. I'm currently reading the 7th book in the series and am already wishing it would just keep on going.

Oct 23, 2013

very well writen series. keeps you laughing .

Aug 06, 2012

Loved it. Dr. Siri Paiboun works his way into your heart with his humour and cynical outlook on 1970s Communist Laos.

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