The rat catchers' olympics / Colin Cotterill.

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      Summary: "1980: The Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics. Of course, half the world is boycotting the Moscow Summer Olympic Games to protest Russia's recent invasion of Afghanistan, but that has made room for athletes from countries that are usually too small or underfunded to be competitive--countries like Laos. Ex-national coroner of Laos Dr. Siri Paiboun may be retired, but he and his wife, Madame Daeng, would do just about anything to have a chance to visit Moscow, so Siri finagles them the job of medical oversight for the Olympians. Most of the athletes are young and innocent village people who have never worn shoes, never mind imagined anything as marvelous as the Moscow Olympic Village. As the competition heats up, however, Siri begins to suspect that one of the athletes is not who he says he is. Fearing a conspiracy, Siri and his friends investigate, liaising in secret with Inspector Phosy back home in Laos to see if the man might be an assassin. But Siri's progress is derailed when another Lao Olympian is accused of murder. Now in the midst of a murky international incident, Dr. Siri must navigate not one but two paranoid and secretive government machines to make sure justice is done"-- Provided by publisher.
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      COTTERILL, C. The rat catchers’ olympics. [s. l.]: Soho Crime, 2017. ISBN 9781616958251. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 out. 2020.
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      Cotterill C. The Rat Catchers’ Olympics. Soho Crime; 2017. Accessed October 29, 2020.
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      Cotterill, C. (2017). The rat catchers’ olympics. Soho Crime.
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      Cotterill, Colin. 2017. The Rat Catchers’ Olympics. A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery: 12. Soho Crime.
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      Cotterill, C. (2017) The rat catchers’ olympics. Soho Crime (A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: 12). Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2020).
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      Cotterill, C 2017, The rat catchers’ olympics, A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: 12, Soho Crime, viewed 29 October 2020, .
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      Cotterill, Colin. The Rat Catchers’ Olympics. Soho Crime, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cotterill, Colin. The Rat Catchers’ Olympics. A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery: 12. Soho Crime, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cotterill C. The rat catchers’ olympics [Internet]. Soho Crime; 2017 [cited 2020 Oct 29]. (A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: 12). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 July #1

*Starred Review* In this long-running, critically acclaimed series, Cotterill's Dr. Siri Paiboun takes readers into the fear-drenched aftermath of the Communist takeover of Laos in the seventies. Dr. Paiboun (now unwillingly retired) and his wife, Madame Daeng, both have front-row seats for the spectacle of life under the wildly corrupt, ever-changing Communist regime—he, as a doctor and former national coroner of Laos, and Madame Daeng, as the proprietor of their village's most popular noodle shop. In this, the twelfth installment, the year is 1980, and Laos has been invited to compete in the Olympic Games held in Moscow. Dr. Paiboun, ever eager to escape the doldrums of retirement, volunteers to accompany the hapless Laotian athletes (they have no training and no equipment) to Moscow as team doctor. The Games become a nightmare for Paiboun, as he first must investigate an impostor among the athletes and then a murder. Along with a mystery that boils over into an international incident, Cotterill gives readers a wonderful re-creation of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Village and the preparations for the Games themselves. Cotterill does some bizarre things with his main characters, like giving Madame Daeng a tail and having Dr. Paiboun leave his body to communicate with spirits, but these strange add-ons don't detract from the overall impact of the book. Cotterill won the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 July #1

In his 12th adventure (after I Shot the Buddha), retired coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his wife score a trip to the 1980 Moscow Olympics as medical advisers to the Democratic People's Republic of Laos team. When a team member is accused of murder, Siri must solve the crime under the eye of two mistrustful governments. All the hallmarks of the series are present, including humor, magic realism, and the usual eccentric characters.—ACT

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 June #2

In Cotterill's delightful 12th whodunit starring Dr. Siri Paiboun (after 2016's I Shot the Buddha), Siri manages to become the medical officer for the 1980 Lao Olympic team, led by his best friend, Comrade Civilai. Of course, Siri's wife, Madame Daeng, has to go, too. An old acquaintance of Civilai's, Major Lien, is on the Lao shooting team, but Lien disappears between the photo-taking session at Vientiane's Wattay Airport and the plane carrying the team to Moscow. Siri, Daeng, and Civilai wonder whether the person with a false name who replaces Lien on the team might be an assassin, and, if so, who in Moscow might be his target. Cotterill does a fine job of capturing the spectacle of the Olympic village and games along with the way that the Lao team enthusiastically participates despite being destined to lose every event. He performs marvelous narrative tricks, using red herrings, tangents of all sorts, and a surprise, bonus murder to keep readers guessing. A competition between rat catchers from Laos, Botswana, and Moscow is a highlight. This quirky mystery has heart and humor in equal measure. (Aug.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.