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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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A blue button on the floor 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. Clever in the sense that the book is well written in a sparse but elegant style; puzzling in that the plot is very complex.

My orders didn’t say where to look, only to be on the lookout for a car.

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It turned out to be quite a challenge to picture the scenery and setting of North Korea. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Aug 27, Mal Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Inspector O, ran all over the place, and was made to look like an American P. The Gentleman from Japan: Hardly anyone traveled the road, so few knew any better. The atmosphere of life in North Korea is portrayed as bleak and tense.

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It was meant to be a crime novel set in the country. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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

It is also is a bit hard to credit that quite so much carnage — the bodycount here is pretty high — can pass quite this unremarked upon by the general population or that the carnage can be quite so quickly tidied corpxe. It gives little glimpses of things like the difficulties in acquiring basic supplies, and the unreliability of train service, but there is not a lot of detail given on Korean culture or day to day life.

People talk, but no one wants to say anything, because someone might listen. You’re alone,” he said. Maybe that’s what the author was counting on The writing is well done–creates textured imagery without a wasted word.

One other random thought — I’m coepse sure I like the title of the book! James Church is the pseudonym of the author of four detective novels featuring a North Korean policeman, “Inspector O.

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Sep 07, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: English Choose a language for shopping. This book has some redeeming qualities.

A split second later, I koryk a bird cry and then the sound of its wings beating against the grass as it rose into the sky. His “Inspector O” novels have been well-received, bein James Church is the pseudonym of the author of four detective novels featuring a North Korean policeman, “Inspector O.

So maybe all that confusion is real.

Government, police protection, buildings, cars, roads, appliances, telephones — whatever: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It also introduces the reader to the horrible and byzantine politics that are the norm in North Korea.

Quite well written, and suggesting some of what life in North Korea might be like, A Corpse in the Koryo is a decent mystery, but a bit on the dull side. Despite the tension, there was a beauty to the way O viewed much through nature and a sadness that the mountains were the only sure thing. View all 7 comments. Subtlety is the method, and the result is a fantastic work that should mark the beginning of a brilliant career for James Church.


No matter that getting in position meant climbing a hill in the dark and sitting on wet grass until sunrise. Listening is the time to recoup, to gather your wits, to plan your attack.

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

Pak’s voice turned unusually official, signaling there was someone else in his office listening to our conversation. What was true of his cor;se novel is true of the first — its strong points are being set in North Korea and the compelling hero being a fish out of water in the authoritarian state.

The ending when it came seemed plausible enough for a spy fiction; corse was well balanced with very few loose ends. Not like some places, where a late train means twenty minutes, even an hour on a bad day. Frankly, I had no interest in knowing more. In fact, having read the book, I’m still not sure what the heck happened there.

Mar 09, Derek rated it it was ok Shelves: And there’s certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: So, to a somewhat lesser extent, do all the supporting characters.