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In a flashback we learn that Comrade Kham is the senior party member who told Siri of his new and reluctantly accepted position serving the Party, and the stage is set for danger when Kham's wife becomes his next coroner's case. Troubles only increase when he is brought a second body of a Vietnamese man who appears to have been tortured and drowned. Siri is one of the more interesting narrators I've met in a long while.
The author nicely captures the voice of a weary elderly person, but placing him in Communist Laos in the s is sheer narrative genius.
The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1) by Colin Cotterill
By following Siri through his duties, we're given insight into a society and time period most readers know little about. His irreverent thoughts about his political party, while full of affection for his people, is part of what makes reading so enjoyable. They didn't want a single man, woman, or child to miss out on the heart-swelling pride that comes from resurfacing a road or dredging a stream.
- The Coroner's Lunch
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Dtui, the comic-reading nurse, and Geung, the assistant with Down's syndrome, are his morgue assistants, and prove to be invaluable allies as he attempts to solves the various cases. Their interactions bring enjoyable touches of humanity to Siri, as do his brainstorming sessions with the eccentric Comrade Civilai. There's acknowledgement of the brutality of revolution and of corruption within the system, but it's dealt with in a forthright manner and only enhances the mystery.
In fact, one of the joys of the book is how Siri manipulates the system, demonstrates compassion and fixes a number of injustices.
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The writing is atmospheric without drowning in description, and has something of poetry about it. If you are a fan of the character-driven mystery, I enthusiastically recommend this book. Although perceived by the authorities as a safe pair of hands, Siri in fact is a detached observer of the soulless regime. One of the many pleasures of this delightful novel is the life Siri has made in his hospital lab with his two co-workers: Drui, a spinster who reads out-of-date fashion magazines and looks after her ill mother; and Mr Geung, a man considered "simple" he has Down's syndrome.
The collaboration and relationship between these three in their working and, occasionally, personal lives is a subtle yet sharp portrait of how the human spirit can prevail against the most deadening official dictates and the most extreme poverty of resources.
Siri himself lives in a room in a building with many others, including the predatory Miss Vong, whose curtain is always flickering and who bullies Siri into digging trenches for the Party on his Sunday off. Siri has other neighbours, however, whom only he can see - the spirits of the dead, who come to him at night and reveal to him the stories of how they met their ends.
Turning to the actual plot, Siri is faced with two baffling and dangerous cases. One concerns Mrs Nitnoy, the wife of a senior government official, who has died mysteriously while at a Women's Union meeting.
Another concerns the bodies of three men who have been discovered at the bottom of the sea, tied to rusty bombshells. Siri's professional attitude leads him to dig into these obscure deaths against the desires of officialdom to the extent of endangering himself.
He also feels driven to continue because of his spiritual visitors and the final rest that will be brought to them by the knowledge of how they met their ends.
The investigation and the story of Siri's life continue almost in parallel. We meet a range of sharply observed characters, some sympathetic and others less so, but all convincing. The strength of the book lies in the beautiful touches of detail, the irony and the coded conversations - for example between Siri and his lunchtime friend Civiali, whom he meets every day on a nearby log; Siri with his baguette always specially made by Auntie Lah of the bread trolley.