The second biggest nothing / Colin Cotterill.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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.
    • ISBN:
      9781641290616
      1641290617
    • Accession Number:
      2018057751
    • Accession Number:
      on1076501256
      1076501256
    • Accession Number:
      fay.661278
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    • ABNT:
      COTTERILL, C. The second biggest nothing. [s. l.]: Soho Crime, 2019. ISBN 9781641290616. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278. Acesso em: 28 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Cotterill C. The Second Biggest Nothing. Soho Crime; 2019. Accessed September 28, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278
    • APA:
      Cotterill, C. (2019). The second biggest nothing. Soho Crime.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Cotterill, Colin. 2019. The Second Biggest Nothing. A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery: 14. Soho Crime. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278.
    • Harvard:
      Cotterill, C. (2019) The second biggest nothing. Soho Crime (A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: 14). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278 (Accessed: 28 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Cotterill, C 2019, The second biggest nothing, A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: 14, Soho Crime, viewed 28 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Cotterill, Colin. The Second Biggest Nothing. Soho Crime, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cotterill, Colin. The Second Biggest Nothing. A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery: 14. Soho Crime, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cotterill C. The second biggest nothing [Internet]. Soho Crime; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 28]. (A Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery: 14). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.661278

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* In this fourteenth installment in the Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries, which combine the madcap, the tragic, and the magical, it's 1980, and Dr. Siri, the former national coroner of Laos, finds a death threat tied to the tail of his dog, Ugly. The threat promises to ruin the life Siri has constructed so carefully over the years. Siri and his beloved wife, Madame Daeng (owner of the best noodle shop in Vientiane), meet the threat with oddly exhilarated resolve. They have, after all, survived the Vietnam War and continuing Communist rule, and are amazed to be alive when so many of their contemporaries died long ago. Siri must scan his past, looking for enemy indicators. And this is where the mystery becomes much more than a typical "hero must confront his past" story. Cotterill uses three embedded narratives, showing Siri as a young med student in Paris in 1932, at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and at a POW negotiation in Hanoi in 1972. This is a beautifully evocative way to show the history that Siri has witnessed, from French colonialism through the Vietnam War and Communist rule in Laos. Cotterill packs a lot into this mystery—history, mordant wit, clock-ticking suspense, resilient characters, and odd, entrancing details, like Siri's very crabby spirit guide. A weird and wonderful series continues. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* In this fourteenth installment in the Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries, which combine the madcap, the tragic, and the magical, it's 1980, and Dr. Siri, the former national coroner of Laos, finds a death threat tied to the tail of his dog, Ugly. The threat promises to ruin the life Siri has constructed so carefully over the years. Siri and his beloved wife, Madame Daeng (owner of the best noodle shop in Vientiane), meet the threat with oddly exhilarated resolve. They have, after all, survived the Vietnam War and continuing Communist rule, and are amazed to be alive when so many of their contemporaries died long ago. Siri must scan his past, looking for enemy indicators. And this is where the mystery becomes much more than a typical "hero must confront his past" story. Cotterill uses three embedded narratives, showing Siri as a young med student in Paris in 1932, at an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and at a POW negotiation in Hanoi in 1972. This is a beautifully evocative way to show the history that Siri has witnessed, from French colonialism through the Vietnam War and Communist rule in Laos. Cotterill packs a lot into this mystery—history, mordant wit, clock-ticking suspense, resilient characters, and odd, entrancing details, like Siri's very crabby spirit guide. A weird and wonderful series continues. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 March #1

Cotterill returns with the next in his 1970s Laos-set series starring former national coroner Dr. Siri. A death threat has the venerable doctor reflecting on three key events: a meeting with close friend Civilai in 1930s Paris, a visit to a Saigon art museum in 1956, and a POW negotiation in war-fraught Hanoi in the early 1970s.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 July #1

In 1980, Vientiane, the Laotian capital city, is hosting a celebration of five years of Communist rule, despite the regime's signal failure to achieve anything, in Cotterill's exceptional 14th mystery featuring retired Laotian national coroner Siri Paiboun (after 2018's Don't Eat Me). Siri is enjoying the political theater until he receives a note attached to the tail of his dog, Ugly. The message's anonymous writer states that "my desire to destroy you and your loved ones is a fire that has burned in my heart without end." When further written threats follow, and as people connected to Siri start dying, he wracks his brains to figure out which of the many persons in his past who have vowed vengeance is behind the violence. Flashbacks to Siri's younger days, including an episode in 1932 Paris, where he witnessed an assassination and identified the hit man, offer glimpses of possible suspects. The eccentric Siri, who some believe to be possessed by a thousand-year-old shaman, has rarely been funnier or more astute. Cotterill is writing at the top of his game. (Aug.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.