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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A Drop of Chinese Blood: Society in North Korea to those of us who’ve never visited nor lived there might not “get it”? However, people just in the mood for a good mystery should definitely get their money’s worth.

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Don’t like your audiobook? It also introduces the reader to the horrible and byzantine politics that are the norm in North Korea. The details of everyday life in North Korea ring true, and O is a fascinating character. The complete review ‘s Review:. This is the worst matched narration since somebody decided they should do Easy Rawlins with an effeminate voice.

Nothing is like that. The story focuses more on O and his superior officer, who knows more than he’s telling, as well as an enigmatic Korean Intelligence crpse who keeps O dangling on the hook, drawing him deeper and deeper into political intrigue.

His dialogues made him appear as such. O has no idea what they want from him, but clearly he’s waded into something; he can also tell that Kim and Kang are apparently not exactly on friendly terms and each has their own agenda. It doesn’t go well: On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing kofyo quest. The frequent mentions of the weather didn’t annoy me as much this time. As one body after another is discovered, the investigation becomes like a dangerous maze with no clear way out and very few allies on whom he can rely.


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. Nobody is like that. The murder victims are never really developed and are hardly ever seen; they serve more as plot points rather than three-dimensional characters. Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history.

Inspector O is a particularly wonderful creation, a true mensch attempting to hold on to his humanity in a world where humanism is under constant attack. With my western thought processes I found I was forced to alter my thinking in order to understa Pleased to meet Inspector O, corpes man of hidden depths.

If not forpse a couple of glaring defects, I would gladly have rated it higher. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I liked the main character, Inspector O – I enjoyed his cynicism and straightforwardness, along with his lack of interest in toeing the party line. The Neon Lawyer By: I got a real feel x the mountainous scenery and different buildings of the area. Finally, a brief excerpt of a passage in which O is describing the Alps he has a thing for mountains: It begins to all come together at the end but, even then, not to my complete satisfaction.

Loved the format of this book, the way that the events unfolded backwards making it unique and compelling. There are so many secrets, and everyone seems to know more than our beleaguered policeman with the soul of a carpenter. Unfortunately, that left very little opportunity to get any background on Inspector O. James Church tried to write a serious crime novel, and also tried to make it interesting.

I found the back and forth between interrogating and first person narrative a bit confusing also. The most interesting characters are the ones O meets during his investigation: Like Philip Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy and the Inspector Arkady Renko novels, A Corpse in the Cogpse introduces another unfamiliar world, a perplexing universe seemingly so alien that the rules are an enigma to the reader and even, sometimes, to Inspector O.

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It evokes the gray milieu without ever overstepping its mark, allowing us to see it from the inside rather than the outside, wherein the humanity of all the characters, both good and evil, is apparent.


October 17, Sold by: In an impressive debut that calls to mind such mystery thrillers as Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Parkthe pseudonymous Church, a former intelligence officer, provides a rare look into one of the world’s most closed societies, North Korea.

From the very beginning of its statehood inprotecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: I think these novels are good enough that they should be done over by someone like Frank Muller.

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

The setting of this book really sounded interesting–North Korea. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It’s more travelogue than police koryk, less a straight thriller novel than a meditation that just happens to have some exciting moments. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Things were a bit more under control back then. North Korea’s leaders are desperate to hunt down and eliminate anyone who knows too much about a series of decades-old kidnappings and murdersand Inspector O discovers too late he has been sent into the chaos.

The novel follows Inspector O as he recounts his story of uncovering the plot behind a series of events he unwittingly finds himself in.