Thirty-three Teeth

Thirty-three Teeth

Book - 2005
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From the acclaimed author of The Coroner's Lunch comes a tale of justice done, Laotian shamanic style. With the assistance of his helpers, Dr. Siri Paiboun, the national coroner of Laos, elucidates the causes of mysterious deaths. He also communes with the deposed king, whose special channel to the occult has left him.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9781569473887
Characteristics: 238 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jun 25, 2019

I liked this book, although maybe not as much as The Coroner's lunch. I've already come to love the main characters: Dr. Siri, Mr. Geung, Nurse Dtui, Siri's best friend Civilai, and the policeman Phosy. They have quickly come to feel like old friends to me. I also really liked the new character, the shaman, Inthanet. The humorous parts threaded throughout the novel are wonderful. I laughed every time one character in the book would say "Hot, isn't it?" and the other would reply "Damned hot." The chapter titles were hilarious! I find the mysticism in these books to be fascinating. What didn't I like? Maybe my brain just hasn't been firing on all cylinders lately, but there seemed to be too many storylines going on, which became confusing to me. Also, I'm a bit of a sap when it comes to animals. (I'm picturing my friends responding "A BIT of a sap???") ***SPOILER: It was difficult for me to read about the magnificent elephant that was worked to death, the poor bear that had been caged and mistreated for all but the last couple of months of its life, and when the dog, Saloop, was killed. I know, I know. Different times. Different country.

Nov 02, 2018

My second in this series and it moved along much more rapidly and had a lot of interesting characters melded together. I have high hopes for the Nurse, she seems to be on her way to forming a team with the Doctor and should help him keep grounded when the spirits try to take over.

May 28, 2017

Maybe the best aspect of this series is that the three main characters are three dimensional. They learn and grow, and we readers learn more and more about them. One could rightly wonder what could be so intriguing about a story that concerns people living in Laos in 1977. It seems long ago and far away. The main character, an elderly doctor, is a communist, though not an enthusiastic one. The 2nd main character is a young nurse living in deep poverty but who is studying English and Russian on her own. The 3rd main character is a lovely, charming young man who happens to have Downs Syndrome, but who has much more going on in his head than he is usually given credit for. Unlikely as it may seem, I'd love to be friends with all three of these characters. I hope they remain so engaging through the rest of this mystery series, which I plan to read slowly, savoring every word.
I have recently read two reviews of this book by readers who claim to love this book even more than the first in the series, The Coroner's Lunch, but who complain that this one has too many references to supernatural beings, and too much activity of same. I would gently point out that the supernatural beings appear in technicolor and stereo in The Coroner's Lunch, and it would be hard to figure out how Siri keeps eluding the evil people who wish him dead without the help of said beings.
For the record, I don't really believe in such active spirits, either, but when reading a book that includes them in the plot, I just accept it as written and do not worry about it. Notice that Siri doesn't like them, either, in this book and for some time to come. He just deals with them and gets on with what he has to do.

Sep 21, 2016

Headline: "Weretiger killed by Chicken". What's a weretiger? How was it killed by a chicken?

multcolib_susannel Feb 17, 2015

Dr. Siri is faced with a new case when several people are brutally murdered. Is it a bear? A Tiger?
A supernatural being? Or is the solution more of a human nature?
Number 2 in the series.

Feb 13, 2015

Reading the series for the 2nd time. This is one of the best - a great setting in Luang Prabang, the former Royalist capital, and plenty of involvement of the animist spirits that the Communists are trying to make a deal with. You are never sure what Cotterill is making up and what is based in fact, which is part of what makes the series so much fun.

Dec 13, 2013

Intriguing characters! Love this series, I'm going to READ THEM ALL!

JCLCourtneyS Oct 29, 2010

One of a series of mysteries featuring a healthy dose of humor and an intriguing peek into the culture of Laos.

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