"Dr. Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of Laos, must discover the identity of a corpse that has been delivered to the morgue in Vientiane. The victim, who was run down in front of the Post Office by a logging truck, turns out to be a retired dentist. He was blind, yet he had come into town on the bus to pick up a letter written in invisible ink which is found in his jacket pocket. Dr. Siri is puzzled by the letter, which seems to be in code as well. The solution to this conundrum will have far reaching implications, involving the seventy-three-year-old doctor with murder and political conspiracy." "The dentist's widow explains that the enigmatic letters and numbers describe chess moves in a long-distance game her husband was playing. But they are unlike any chess symbols that Dr. Siri has previously encountered. He begins to wonder if the "widow" was indeed the dentist's wife." "With the help of his best friend, Civilai, now a senior member of the Laos politburo; Nurse Dtui ("Fatty"); Phosy, a police officer, and Auntie Bpoo, a transvestite fortune teller; Dr. Siri solves the crimes even at a high personal cost."--BOOK JACKET.Cotterill, Colin is the author of 'Anarchy and Old Dogs ', published 2007 under ISBN 9781569474631 and ISBN 156947463X.