The Second Biggest Nothing

The Second Biggest Nothing

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"A death threat to Dr. Siri and all his friends sends the ex-coroner down memory lane in the 14th installment of Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series set in 1970s Laos. Vientiane, 1980: Laos is celebrating its fifth anniversary of communist rule, and Dr. Siri and his crew couldn't be less thrilled. But really, things could be a lot worse. Madame Daeng's noodle shop is thriving, Tukta and Geung are on their honeymoon, and Siri and Civilai are still plotting their directorial debut. But before things get too comfortable, Dr. Siri finds something odd tied with pink ribbon to his dog, Ugly's, tail: a mysterious note written in English. Upon finding someone to translate the note, Dr. Siri learns it is a death threat--and not just to him, but to everyone he holds dear. And whoever wrote the note claims the job will be executed in two weeks. Thus, at the urging of his motley crew of faithful friends, Dr. Siri contemplates who would hold such a strong grudge as to wish him dead, launching him into hair-bending scenes from his past, including the first time Siri met his lifelong pal Civilai in Paris in the early '30s, a particularly disruptive episode at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and a prisoner of war negotiation in Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam War in the '70s. There will be grave consequences in the present if Dr. Siri can't put together the clues in the past"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781641290616
Branch Call Number: M COTTERILL, C.
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: The 2nd biggest nothing


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Nov 17, 2019

This is the latest book in the wonderful series about Dr. Siri Paiboun and his friends in Laos of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

I always say that series should be read in order, but that is absolutely crucial with respect to this series. I think a reader starting this series in the middle would be totally lost.

In this book, Dr. Siri receives a death threat addressed not only to him, but also to everyone he loves. As he thinks back over his life, he identifies three possible people who might have reason to hate him that much. Then he and his friends investigate, to try to figure out who it is and how to stop that person.

As usual, there are twists and turns in the plot, and there are a couple of visits to the spirit world. I did not foresee the end of this book.

I give this book at least 4.5 stars, and the whole series 4.5-5 stars. If you have not read this series, I highly recommend it. Even if you think you are not interested in Laos of this period, you will love these wonderful characters!

Sep 28, 2019

I look forward to each of the Dr. Siri books as they come out and enjoy reading from them. I learn a lot and the characters and writing is wonderful.

However, this time, the book didn't give me the same satisfaction. It was darker and filled with more tension than the past. I still highly recommend this series, however.


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