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Love Songs From a Shallow Grave (Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 7)

By Colin Cotterill

As traditional, all is irregular in Dr Siri Paiboun's morgue. the great health care professional and his staff are investigating the case of the 3 Epees: 3 ladies skewered by way of a sword in the course of the middle. A offender has been apprehended, attempted and sentenced to loss of life. yet Siri isn't definite they've got the appropriate guy. regrettably, the number 1 (and simply) coroner of Laos isn't able to support someone - now not even himself. As his birthday dawns, Siri unearths himself incarcerated and staring hunger and torture within the face. As ordinary, his interest is responsible for his obstacle, yet this time it appears as if his inquisitiveness may be the finish of him...

About the Author
Colin Cotterill used to be born in London. He has taught in Australia, the united states and Japan and lived for a few years in Laos the place he labored for nongovernmental social carrier companies. He now writes full-time and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Colin gained the 2009 CWA Dagger within the Library for the Dr Siri sequence of novels.

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'Cotterill's novels have richer plots than Alexander McCall Smith's African detective tales, however the comparable comedian charm' Sunday Times.

'Witty discussion and fascinating characters, particularly the irrepressible Siri, who turns into extra cute with every one visual appeal. the combo of humour, social observation and a shrewdpermanent secret make this essentially the most relaxing books I've learn all year' Sunday Telegraph.

'...an bizarre kind of pleasure to learn … his love of south-east Asia is in all places obvious, lending his writing an beauty and poignancy - attractive unique imagery, a satisfying wry patter to his characters' speech. The sequence has been recommended for its humanity and intrigue and the newest instalment won't disappoint' urban AM.

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Yet i need, I mean…I are looking to speak about it. ” “And you are going to, my hero. once I’m able to listen. ” “I’m now not taken care of. ” “What? ” “No, drained, I suggest. I’m no longer drained. ” “Good. Then lie down right here beside me and carry my hand. ” He had slightly tucked his arms among these of his spouse whilst sleep poured over him like liquid cement. He slept in the course of the remainder of that day and into the evening. He ignored the dog-howl refrain at ten and the nighttime transformer explosion someplace around the river. It was once 4 a. m. whilst he eventually stretched and groaned and rolled onto his aspect to work out Daeng beside him. The evening used to be brilliant however the gentle got here from an open room alongside the hallway. His spouse used to be smiling. “I dreamed the realm was once an lousy place,” he stated. “It wasn’t a dream,” she informed him. “How are you feeling? ” “I don’t comprehend. Heavy,” he acknowledged. “Do you need to devour? ” “No, Daeng. i need to speak. ” And so he started. His speech used to be nonetheless sluggish yet sleep had reorganised his brain. He advised her how he’d found the letter clutched within the hand of the corpse of the younger guy from the knowledge ministry. How he’d made up our minds to go it directly to Civilai simply because his good friend hadn’t damaged the principles and had an opportunity to break out. yet Siri himself used to be a marked guy. His hours of freedom have been numbered. He were captured leaving his friend’s room. He instructed her how he’d been dragged to the S21 torture camp and charged with spying and subversion. He disregarded loads of info, evidence he used to be yes she’d be capable of insert herself, yet even the abridged model worried either one of them. by the point he reached the evening of his break out his complete physique was once shaking like an outdated water pump. Daeng had her arm over him to anchor him down. “The heavy monk had turn into the enemy already,” Siri acknowledged, staring his tale into Daeng’s eyes. “One minute he used to be working the convey, the following he used to be chained to corpses and shortly to turn into certainly one of them. all people was once acutely aware that they can be subsequent. I don’t understand how lengthy the smiley guy were nursing his bottle of Johnnie Black at the again porch. He’d simply installed a superior 8 hours of torturing his colleagues. a guy has to have doubts approximately task protection whilst that occurs. There’s not anything like Johnnie Walker for exhibiting a guy how fleeting his remain on this planet could be. “When he observed the 1st prisoner fleeing around the yard i suppose it used to be intuition instead of conscientious responsibility that made him seize a bayonet and move after him. He was once so inebriated I’m stunned he made any touch in any respect. yet I doubt the kill gave him any excitement. I’m yes the hopelessness had eaten into him through that degree. while he observed me and Thursday and the girl, we have been simply extra partitions tumbling down round him. finish of optimism. finish of lifestyles. He had the gun in his hand even sooner than he reached me. There’s an previous asserting, ‘Only a idiot sits subsequent to a guy with a gun to his head’. good, i used to be that idiot. He pulled me to him and that i didn’t have the power to push him away. I’m yes he had it in brain to dispose of me in addition to himself. ” “You can take a holiday for those who like,” Daeng informed him.

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