The Coroner's Lunch

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The Coroner's Lunch
The Coroner's Lunch.JPG
First edition cover
Author Colin Cotterill
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Soho Press
Publication date
15 December 2004
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 272
ISBN 1-56947-376-5
OCLC 54960595
823/.92 22
LC Class PR6053.O778 C67 2004
Followed by Thirty-Three Teeth [1]

The Coroner's Lunch is a crime novel by British author Colin Cotterill first published in 2004.

Plot summary[edit]

Despite a total lack of training, an utter dearth of experience and a complete absence of inclination, Dr. Siri Paiboun has just been appointed state coroner for the Lao People's Democratic Republic. It's 1976, the royal family has been deposed, the professional classes have fled and the communists have taken over. And 72-year-old Siri - a communist for convenience and a wry old reprobate by nature - has got the coroner's job because he's the only doctor left in Laos.

But when the wife of a Party leader is wheeled into the morgue and the bodies of tortured Vietnamese soldiers start bobbing to the surface of a Laotian lake, all eyes turn to the new coroner. Faced with official cover-ups and an emerging international crisis, Siri will be forced to enlist old friends, tribal shamans, forensic deduction, spiritual acumen and some good old-fashioned sleuthing before he can discover quite what's going on...


  1. ^ "Dr. Siri Paiboun by Colin Cotterill - Series List - FictionDB". fictiondb. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 

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