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The Second Biggest Nothing

(2019)
(Book 14 in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series)
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In this dark, quirky fourteenth Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery set in Communist Laos in the early '80s, a death threat sends Dr. Siri down memory lane, from Paris in the '30s to war-torn Vietnam in the '70s, to figure out who's trying to kill him now.

Vientiane, 1980: For a man of his age and in his corner of the world, Dr. Siri, the 76-year-old former national coroner of Laos, is doing remarkably well - especially considering the fact that he is possessed by a thousand-year-old Hmong shaman. That is, until he finds a mysterious note tied to his dog's tail. Upon finding someone to translate the note, Dr. Siri learns it is a death threat addressed not only to him, but to everyone he holds dear. Whoever wrote the note claims the job will be executed in two weeks.

Thus, at the urging of his wife and his motley crew of faithful friends, Dr. Siri must figure out who wants him dead, prompting him to recount three incidents over the years: an early meeting with his lifelong pal Civilai in Paris in the early '30s, a particularly disruptive visit to 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 decipher the clues from his past.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

August 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Second Biggest Nothing (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-64129-061-7 / 978-1-64129-061-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Second Biggest Nothing (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
ISBN: 1-64129-191-5 / 978-1-64129-191-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Audio Editions

August 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Second Biggest Nothing: A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery, Book 14
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Second Biggest Nothing: A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery, Book 14
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Second Biggest Nothing: A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery, Book 14
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2019 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Biggest Nothing (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 14)
Author(s): Colin Cotterill
Publisher: Soho Crime
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA