Anarchy and old dogs – Colin Cotterill

In 1977 Dr. Buagaew a blind dentist is run over by a Vientiane truck, killing him instantly. Everyone who witnessed the tragedy assumes the late pedestrian obviously owed karmic debt so no tears were shed. As is the case in these types of vehicular deaths, the Laotian National Coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun is directed to perform a cursory review. He and his capable assistant Nurse Dtui assume nothing of their inquiry even when they find an odd anomaly of blank papers on the victim.

Paiboun realizes that the papers contain encoded notes written in invisible ink. He and Dtui with the assistance of his closest comrades Police Officer Phosy and Politburo member Civilai begin to find clues related to the secret writings that to their shock is simply moves in a game of chess that sends the coroner to the city of Pakse where he begins to piece the puzzle together of a plot to overthrow the Communist regime.

Combining humorous eccentric characters like a fortune telling transvestite Auntie Bpoo and the corpse as a practicing blind dentist inside a strong serious investigation, Colin Cotterill continues his great late 1970s Laos mystery series with another excellent entry. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the truck hits the dentist and never slows down until the final confrontation between anarchists and the old dogs like the coroner.

Anarchy and old dogs - Colin Cotterill

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Neil Gaiman – American Gods

Just out of prison, Shadow finds his his reality before prison inverted. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.

Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose….

Winner of:
* Hugo Award for Best SF/Fantasy Novel
* Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel
* Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
* Nebula Award for Best Novel

Neil Gaiman - American Gods

BIMBOS of the death sun – Sharyn McCrumb

The sci-fi-con murder subgenre? The worst – and therefore funniest – stereotypes about the bad habits of science fiction geeks are brought out. The costumed wackos, the people who can’t stand real life and escape into Star Trek, the dedicated gamers… the slightly lost, slightly underweight guys who sometimes forget to eat… The only thing negative about this book is there is a little bit of stereotyping in order to move the plot along at its hysterically funny pace. The main theme of the story is the entire convention going into a tailspin when the main guest of honor, author Appin Dungannon, is found murdered in his hotel room. Jay and Marion decide to help the police discover who would kill him…. Stunning side-splitting entertainment.

BIMBOS of the Death Sun - Sharyn McCrumb