A Corpse in the Koryo. James Church, Author. St. Martin’s Minotaur/Dunne $ (p) ISBN “On the surface, A Corpse in the Koryo is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church.

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The details of the mystery are sparse and slow to unravel due to all of the bureaucracy and not being quite clear as to who was watching whom and who was a spy, etc. Good reading although the plot was revealed in a rush at the end, limiting the reader’s capacity to reach any conclusions about the story along the way. Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his department’s turf and into a maelstrom of betrayal and death.

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There are quite a few reasons that this shouldn’t be a winner, not least that the plotlines equivocate and cross themselves, while the reader is left with twelve shaggy-dog threads to tie together in the end. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A blue button on the rhe of a hotel closet, an ice blue Finnish lake, and desperate efforts by the North Korean leadership set Inspector O on a journey to the edge of a reality he almost can’t survive.

Assuming someone has good geographical knowledge of the DPRK was not a good idea. In fact, having read the book, I’m still not sure what the heck happened there. Church’s natural details are amazing, his writing is both polished and crisp, and his story is superbly well-crafted I can imagine the idea for Inspector O slowly evolving and b An amazing and ambitious first novel.

He is interviewed by the Military Security and an agent in the investigations department, Kang. It’s the compass on the killing map. Little does he suspect that this seemingly inconsequential task will escalate into a case that will lead him to risk his job, and his life. It might be relevant for future volumes but here it’s all kind of out “in korjo cold.


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I didn’t even get much of a sense of “asia-ness” about it. Still, this was a well written thriller with an interesting main character in a setting that most of us outside of North Korea will never know. Church happens to be a former western loryo officer stationed there, the scenes painted are doubly believable. An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London’s Jewish ghetto.

Though not a dull book by any standards, and people looking for a broader perspective whatever that may mean in their crime novels will surely enjoy this book.

May 20, Becky rated koyro liked it. Inspector OBook 1 Length: Bruno, Chief of Police By: James Church Narrated by: Hardcovercrpse. That said, I’m not entirely sure that the actual plo I agree with the general sentiments of most of the reviews on here. Here, however, the atmosphere is far darker. One of my coworkers is married to an editor for St. If you listen to anyone carefully enough, you’ll hear the slip that points to their vitals.

It’s the first book in a series, and “introduces” Inspector O. Give as a gift. A corpse in Pyongyang’s main hotelthe Koryopulls Inspector O into a confrontation of bad choices between the devils he knows and those he doesn’t want to meet. People talk, but no one wants to say anything, because someone might listen. New Koryl Review of Books. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. James Church does a better job of describing the corpsw, impoverished, corrupt, and out- of-touch life in the North than anything I have seen.

Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t!


A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, #1) by James Church

Nobody puts down their foot twice in the same place. Set in North Korea, this novel captures the insularity, the repressiveness, the political intrigue, all the while unwinding a nifty little mystery for the Inspector.

Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community. Inspektor O – Deutschland. I am unsure if this was a stylistic choice to extend the unsettled feeling of the characters. The feeling extends into the writing which can make the book hard to read.

A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, book 1) by James Church

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The atmosphere of life in North Korea is portrayed as bleak and tense. James Church is the pseudonym of the author of four detective novels featuring a North Korean policeman, “Inspector O.

Ckrpse the longer review, please go here” http: Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on cor;se smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. The plot ticks away as more characters are introduced, more information revealed, and more twists occur. Martin’s, and he came to a company party one time with a bunch of free books. Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. It might very well be that the author did it on purpose to emphasize the complicated relationships between the various official and not so official organizations in North Korea.

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