While a number of authors fly by the seat of their pants when setting their books in Southeast Asia, one writer who lives in Thailand and knows the region and gets the details right is Colin Cotterill.
His latest novel set in Laos is ANARCHY AND OLD DOGS and has received a rave review by Janet Maslin in The New York Times.
This is the fourth novel to feature Dr. Siri Paiboun, the Laotian national coroner. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “This sometimes slapstick, sometimes serious, but always lively mystery is sure to bring the author many new readers.” Janet Muslin favourably compares Colin’s book to Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and goes on to say, “Mr. Cotterill has a deft way of weaving these circumstances into whimsical, more personal stories that feature Siri and an equally memorable set of supporting characters. It is not unusual to find a renegade Thai forest monk or a transvestite fortuneteller wandering casually through the capital city, Vientiane, where Dr. Siri works.”
ANARCHY AND OLD DOGS was released in hardback (August 21st 2007).