Dr. Siri Paiboun, Bk 3
2007 / ISBN 1569474648
Mystery / Contemporary /1977
by L J Roberts
Dr. Siri lay beneath the grimy mesh of the mosquito net watching
the lizard’s third attempt.
Dr. Siri and
Dturi have been sent to a “guest house” at revolutionary
headquarters in the mountains of Huaphan province to attend a seminar
intended to provide them with an ‘enlightened” understanding
of the Marxist-Leninist system. What they did not expect was for
an arm to be discovered rising out of a concrete path. The arm was
attached to the body of a man who’d been encased in the concrete
while still alive. Siri also did not expect, at 73, to find himself
dancing to disco music only he could hear, nor for the Russian to
whom Siri and Dturi reported back in Vientiane to ship their mortuary
assistant, Geung off to Xieng Ngeim without their knowing.
It is always
a pleasure to be back with Dr. Siri and friends. They truly are
some of my favorite characters and it was particularly nice to learn
more of mortuary assistant Geung’s background. Cotterill worked
in an interesting point through Siri’s friend, Dr. Santiago
who believes in shamans and the spirit world, that some form of
shamanism is common to most cultures of the world outside those
of European origin. Points such as that remind us the world is one
filled with diverse philosophies and beliefs beyond our own; one
of the gifts of reading.
writing is filled with wonderful dialogue and humor, yet he also
makes me think. Rather than the supernatural element being for the
sake of fantasy, Cotteriall uses it to serious purpose—to
make a point such as the impact of war on its innocent victims;
those who just happen to live in the wrong place. He also makes
us aware that bigotry exists in every country.
The story is
one of relationships and loyalty. The mystery is an intriguing blend
of the mystical and the plain, old ferreting out information. The
book is an absolutely wonderful read.