By Clark Collis
Updated August 11, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Disco for the Departed

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  • Book

It’s appropriate that the ghost of Arthur Conan Doyle should loom over Colin Cotterill’s novels. The latter’s hero, aged coroner and medium Siri Paiboun, certainly plays host to enough spirits as he investigates murders in Communist-ruled Laos in the ’70s. In Disco for the Departed, his third adventure, Dr. Paiboun is troubled by both the death of a Cuban nurse and the deceased’s continuing love for pop music (or, as Paiboun describes it, ”this wailing of tortured Americans”). While undeniably soft-boiled, Cotterill’s writing is both evocative and educational. Who knew, for instance, that eating bats is good for you?

Disco for the Departed

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Colin Cotterill
publisher
  • Soho

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