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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First off, the mystery itself–though witty and entertaining–isn’t as tight as I would have liked it to corpes. How many karats would you say? The constant mistrust hanging about, the not knowing what was really going on and the need to keep thoughts where they originate created a muscle tension that must permeate the whole of the country.

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

The sound of the engine echoing against rock would reach ahead, giving me time to get ready before the car slammed into view. A rebellious survivor of North Korea’s brutal totalitarian regime, Inspector O, a state security officer, risks his life and career to solve a case that begins innocuously enough when he is asked to photograph a certain vehicle.

There’s little touches of unexpected beauty, classic Korean poetry, and a real sense of being there. Immerse yourself in it. James Church is the pseudonym of the author of four detective novels featuring a North Korean policeman, “Inspector O.


A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church

I have to admit that I didn’t fully understand what was going on in this book Explore the Home Gift Guide. And there’s certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: Maybe the whole mystery story setup is a bit too subtle to me? Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. At dawn, the hills wake from the mist, One row, then another, Beyond is loneliness Endless as the distant peaks. Sent north, near to the Chinese border, O finds himself in considerably more lawless territory — and in the middle of ckrpse big and dangerous mess.

There are quite a few reasons that this shouldn’t be a ooryo, 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.

James Church is supposedly the pseudonym of a former Western intelligence agent. Which is the corose strength of the novel: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A Corpse in the Koryo

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Mar 08, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The frequent mentions of the weather didn’t annoy me as much this time.

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Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those cofpse complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. 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. Think of it as Raymond Chandler gets hardboiled and eaten cold by a North Korean bureaucracy where the good guys don’t just battle crime, but have to fight through a broken, Kafkaesque maze of political nihilism, factionalism, and stoic fatalism JUST to get some gas or a cup of tea.

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The murder of a foreign national in the Koryo Hotel back in Pyongyang is an assignment more befitting his position, but of course it’s also connected with what he finds himself in the middle of. That said, I’m not entirely sure that the actual plot, itself, ultimately resonated for me on any kind of a kkoryo or overly satisfying level.

The plot is complex and confusing.

The specific, everyday details are affecting, and I am always impressed with motives and antagonists who are unique to their context. It begins to all come together at the end ccorpse, even then, not to my complete satisfaction. Mr Church didn’t make Inspector O work for me; he is portrayed as a thoughtful and sensitive man trying to function in a brutal and oppressive regime, but seems oddly detached when people close to him are bumped off along the way.