I Shot the Buddha

I Shot the Buddha

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"Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result, they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk, who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator. Realizing that he needs rescuing, Siri and Daeng sneak illegally across the Mekhong River to Thailand, trying to track their missing monk-friend down and figure out who has kidnapped him. Their adventure runs them afoul of Lao secret service officers, famous spiritualists, charismatic abbots, and even a man who might be the reincarnation of the Buddha himself. Buddhism is a powerful influence on both morals and politics in Southeast Asia--to get their friend back, Siri and Daeng will have to figure out who is cloaking their terrible misdeeds in religiosity"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
ISBN: 9781616957223
1616957220
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY COTTERI 2016
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm

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rogebc_0
Jan 28, 2017

I love the Colin Cotterill detective series that take place in Laos in the late 1970s. It is a window into a time and place as well as wonderful characters whose ethic of working together within a crazy system, depending on each other, well-earned wisdom and common sense overcomes the system itself.

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Rubicat
Jan 21, 2017

This was my 2nd Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery but unfortunately, I read Coroner's Lunch too long ago to remember anything except that I enjoyed it. I didn't enjoy this one overmuch. It was certainly funny in spots and Dr. Siri was entertaining but as the author warned in the forward, there is an awful lot of supernatural activity here and since I am a Westerner, I found all the weird stuff - amulets, ghosts and all the rest of the stuff from the village - to be distractions from the many plot lines. Anyway, I think I'll have to work my way through the other Dr Siri books before I finally decide whether John Burdett's Thai detective (I'm not even going to try to recall and spell his name correctly) is my favorite South Asian detective.

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savtadina
Dec 26, 2016

I really have enjoyed this series. I have learned a tremendous amount about Laos in the late 1970s. The series also includes a lot of the "spiritual world" and this work has more than most. The author worked in the region in the early 1990s but not much had changed in Laos since the late 1970s.

It very much helps to read the series from the beginning to get the most out of these books.

This addition was much more complex than most of the other books and I needed to step back and reread a few sections to follow the continuity. On the whole I heartily recommend it.

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athena14
Sep 15, 2016

I've read all the Dr. Siri books and enjoyed them. This one, however, is overloaded with plots and sub-plots. Too many spirits (including whiskey) for me.

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