bookspacePhoto of readermy comments
 home > bookspace > my comments > comment: love songs from a shallow grave /
Subscribe via RSS 
Love songs from a shallow grave
Colin Cotterill
Adult Fiction COTTERI

Comments  Summary  Contents  Excerpt  Reviews  Author Notes

From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in 1978, Cotterill's superb seventh mystery to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun (after 2009's The Merry Misogynist) finds "the national and only coroner of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos" nearing his 74th birthday chained to a lead pipe in a Cambodian prison. Siri's captivity is wrapped around investigating the puzzling deaths of three Laotian women, each skewered by dueling swords that are a decided rarity in Laos. A strong supporting cast, including Siri's recently acquired wife, Madame Daeng, and morgue colleague Nurse Dtui, who's married to Inspector Phosy, enriches the narrative. The unfathomable violence of the Khmer Rouge reign emerges during Siri's unexpected ordeal and forms a vivid contrast to his humanity in seeking to protect the murder suspect in the three sword deaths. This immensely satisfying mystery has it all-a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In 1978 Laos, three young women are murdered within a few days of each other. Their bodies are found with a fencing sword thrust through their hearts. Dr. Siri and the police begin to investigate, but as an arrest is made, Siri disappears in Cambodia while on a diplomatic mission. VERDICT In his seventh installment (after The Merry Misogynist) Cotterill vividly depicts a Southeast Asia still traumatized by the Vietnam War-the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, the shocking poverty, the rampant corruption, and the steadfast spirit of the people, And Dr. Siri is a one-of-a-kind protagonist rivaled only by Eliot Pattison's Shan Tao Yung. Highly recommended for series fans and readers who enjoy international mysteries. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/10.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Be the first to add a comment! Share your thoughts about this title. Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

Question about returns, requests or other account details?
 Add a Comment
Submission Guidelines

Find this title in the Library Catalog
Find this title in the Library Catalog

more titles about

main characters Siri Paiboun
Age: 74
Apolitical; has shaman ancestry; can converse with the dead; being held captive in a Cambodian prison after investigating the deaths of three Laotian from fencing sword wounds; accused of spying for the Vietnamese.

recent comments
hcl mobile app
Facebook Twitter Tumblr YouTube Vimeo Flickr Federal Depository Library Federal
Hennepin County Government Hennepin
© 2014  Hennepin County Library12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Comments and Feedback    |    RSS