This is the fourth book in the Dr Siri Paiboun series by Colin Cotterill. The series is set in Laos in the late 1970’s, not long after Laos has won itThis is the fourth book in the Dr Siri Paiboun series by Colin Cotterill. The series is set in Laos in the late 1970’s, not long after Laos has won it’s independence from France and became the communist, Lao People's Democratic Republic. Dr Siri Paiboun is 74, and the country’s only coroner. In this book Siri and his friend Civilai set out to find the killer of a blind dentist. Their travels take them out to the countryside. While there they become reacquainted with an old friend from their revolutionary days, and stumble across a whole new mystery to solve.
I really like this intelligent series. There is some magic realism woven throughout the books, and a lot of wry observations about how the communist ideals that Siri and Civilai fought so long for haven’t materialized as they’d expected. I like the cast of supporting characters that continue from book to book. This book in particular had more surprises at the end than I anticipated. I can’t wait to start the next book in the series!