A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels, Book 1) (Library Edition) [James Church, Feodor Chin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Corpse in the Koryo has ratings and reviews. Kemper said: Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t!Kim Jong-il wasn’t just anothe. On the surface, “A Corpse in the Koryo,” by James Church, is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a.

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Inspector O is a particularly wonderful creation, a true mensch attempting to hold onto his humanity in a world where humanism is under constant attack. Subtlety is the method, and the result is corpes fantastic work that should kpryo the beginning of a brilliant career for James Church. Hammett and Chandler would have had no problem appreciating this hard-boiled narrative. The laconic Inspector Koeyo follows in the traditions of Inspector Arkady Renko, operating in a world of complexity and danger we’re meeting here for the first time.

A not-to-be-missed reading experience. The writing is superb, too. He has wandered through Korea for years. No matter what hat he wore, Church says, he ran across Inspector O many times. Would cofpse like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south. 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.

North Korea’s leaders are desperate to hunt down and eliminate anyone who knows too much about a series of decades-old kidnappings and murders–and Inspector O discovers too late that he has been sent into the chaos. This is a world where nothing works as it should, where the crimes of the past haunt the present, and where even the shadows are real. In North Korea, some secrets run bone deep.

Author James Church weaves a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? An Inspector O Novel Paperback. Review ”James Church does a better job of describing the isolated, impoverished, corrupt, and out-of-touch life in the North than anything I have seen. June 1, Language: Start reading A Corpse in the Koryo on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kofyo Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Clever in the sense that the book is well written in a sparse but elegant style; puzzling in that the plot is very complex. It begins to all come together at the end but, even then, not to my complete satisfaction. This book is the first in kory series that introduces koeyo reader to Inspector O. It also introduces the reader to the horrible and byzantine politics that are the norm in North Korea.

Under the circumstances, he handles matters very adroitly.

Regardless, his prose certainly captures a country that is very different from anywhere else on earth. He is to be commended. I look forward to further adventures with the redoubtable Inspector O. Not like some places, where a late train means twenty minutes, even an hour on a bad day. The Ministry is apparently what would be called the police in other countries. It soon emerges that a high-stakes feud is underway between Colonel Kim and Deputy Director Kang from the rival Investigations Department, an agency that seems to be analogous to the CIA.

And there seems to be an uneasy connection between Kang and Pak. Why there should be so many Finns showing up in North Korea is beyond me. Perhaps, though, that confusion is really the point of the tale. What is a solution in a reality that never resolves itself into anything definable? Unnecessary, because I know that nothing is a straight line.

Everything is circles, overlapping circles that bleed into each other. For me, life consists of badly limited possibilities, but I know the parts are endlessly rearranged, always shifting, always changing. Nobody puts down their foot twice in the same place.

Nothing is like that. Nobody is like that. The books in the series have been praised by North Korea watchers as unusually perceptive. So maybe all that confusion is real. The book is a bit choppy.


The timeline is confusing as heck. More but brief descriptives, perhaps, of the settings in the various locations of North Korea.

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Assuming someone has good geographical knowledge of the DPRK was not a good idea. Assuming anyone has any idea of DPRK government departmental infrastructure and the politics within wasn’t good either. The corpse really didn’t matter and neither did it matter if it was at the Koryo or not. Maybe the whole mystery story setup is a bit too subtle to me? Maybe that’s the point? Society in North Korea to those of us who’ve never visited nor lived there might not “get it”?

Perhaps that’s the point of the story? The dialogue feels like its all indirect. It’s not just what a character is saying but how they say it, how korgo a taciturn or closed individual would be, and what is not said at all.

Maybe part of the story is beneath the veneer of the DPRK – for instance, phones exist but information seems to travel quickly by other methods. The “chat” with the Irishman is totally beyond me at this point.

It might be relevant for future volumes but here it’s all kind of out “in the cold. See all 99 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping kooryo Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us.

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