Dr Siri Paiboun, Laos' reluctant national coroner, confused psychic, and disheartened communist disproves an old adage and discovers some new tricks, and a plot to overthrow the government.
When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds himself faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist's mortal remains aren't nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge. Enlisting the help of his old friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui ('Fatty'); Phosy, a police officer; and Aunt Bpoo, a transvestite fortune-teller, Dr Siri soon finds himself on the trail of an international plot to overthrow the government of Laos.
Colin Cotterill was born and raised in London. He has taught in Australia, the USA and Japan. After working with an NGO and child protection services in Southeast Asia, Colin settled in Thailand, where he now writes full-time. He has been short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger and has won the CWA Dagger in the Library. Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach is Jimm Juree's second investigation.