Mystery Book Club: "The Coroner's Lunch" by Colin Cotterill
Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 8:30am
The October selection for the Chevy Chase Mystery Book Club is The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill.
The book takes place in Laos in 1975. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.
He is expected to come up with the answers the party wants. However, crafty and charming Dr. Siri is immune to bureaucratic pressure. At his age, he reasons, what can they do to him? He also knows he cannot fail the dead who come into his care without the risk of incurring their boundless displeasure. Eternity could be a long time to have the spirits mad at you…
The club will meet Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.