Anarchy and Old Dogs (2007) In Ananarchy and Old Dogs , the fourth mystery featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 73-year-old national coroner of 1970s Laos (and host to a shaman… 2007-08-21 Mystery and Thriller Soho
Book Review

Anarchy and Old Dogs (2007)

Details Release Date: Aug 21, 2007; Writer: Colin Cotterill; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Soho

In Ananarchy and Old Dogs, the fourth mystery featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 73-year-old national coroner of 1970s Laos (and host to a shaman spirit) discovers a plot to overthrow the country's Communist regime. Tracing references to ''the Devil's Vagina'' written in invisible ink and cryptic declarations from a transvestite fortune-teller, he sets out to quash the coup. The book's richest pleasures come from Colin Cotterill's quirky details (a Bruce Lee movie dubbed to be a propaganda vehicle) and from his unique central character. Siri's lingering idealism, hidden beneath his cynical — and often hilarious — digs at the government, provide unexpected emotional depth. B+

Originally posted Aug 10, 2007 Published in issue #948 Aug 17, 2007 Order article reprints