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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That is, if the reader is only interested in making some kind of logical structure out of the plot.

That seems damn near unforgivable in a novel which uses its setting as its primary selling point. The book’s pacing is not particularly speedy, but it doesn’t ever get bogged down either. Most characters are constantly pushing for every short-term advantage to ward of their inevitable fate that they are ultimately powerless to stop. The depiction of North Korean society and how people learn to live within it.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Hidden Moon. As to what those agendas may be, he can’t even begin to guess; in ultra-secretive North Korea it’s almost impossible to ever know what’s going on anyway. To say I felt a bit anxious would be an understatement.

A Corpse in the Koryo

I’ll be the first to This was one of those books that starts out as a mystery and finishes The most interesting characters are the ones O meets during his investigation: With the whole country so completely l Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t! People talk, but no one wants to say ,oryo because someone might listen.

Mar 08, Ludditus rated it really liked it.

First off, the mystery itself–though witty and entertaining–isn’t as tight as I would have liked it to be. This was one of those books that starts out as a mystery and finishes Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his corse turf and into a maelstrom of betrayal and death.

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Probably from the village that worked the fields spread out below me.

The specific, everyday details are affecting, and I am always impressed with motives and antagonists who are unique to their context. In fact, it’s hard to see what “crime” O is investigating. 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 I randomly came across this book in the local library.

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. There are so many secrets, and everyone seems to know more than our beleaguered policeman with the soul of a carpenter. 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.

O’s maneuvering through this murk and carnage — as well as the occasional knock-out blow is quite engaging, but there’s a bit too much reliance on greater powers that be and ultimately not quite enough excitement.

A panelist as well as The Independent’s and the Washington Post’s reviewers compared the protagonist to Arkady Renko, the Soviet chief inspector in Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park, for providing “a vivid window into a mysterious country”. I didn’t even get much of a sense of “asia-ness” about it. Yes, there was a crime, but what the crime was, and why the failure to click one picture can make a man run all over the country, is not revealed until the very last pages.

Sometimes it became confusing that whether the lines were delivered by an officer of Pyongyang or by Spencer of Boston. Orthofer14 April It turned out to be quite a challenge to picture the scenery and setting of North Korea.

A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church

He has a dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience. So kiryo all that confusion is real. Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his departme.

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News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. But, I, when searching for a crime novel set in Asia will happily stick to Dr. Want to Read saving…. Unnecessary, kory I know that nothing is a straight line. He gives the North Korea setting a feeling of palpable reality, depicting the nature of daily life under a totalitarian government not just with broad sociopolitical descriptions but also with specific everyday details.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these kkryo reading features: Frankly, I had no interest in knowing more. June 1, Language: Nobody is like that. In fact, having read the book, I’m still not sure what the heck happened there.

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Perhaps, though, that confusion is really the point of the tale. The only thing to do was wait and watch the line of hills emerge from the misty silence. It begins corpsse all come together at the end but, even then, not to my complete satisfaction. His “Inspector O” novels have been well-received, being kodyo by Asia specialists for offering “an unusually nuanced and detailed okryo of North Korean society.

Unfortunately, however, there are others interested in his assignment, as he finds a Captain Kim “from joint headquarters” and “Deputy Director Kang from the Investigations Department” waiting for him along with his boss, Chief Inspector Pak, when corlse gets back from his failed mission. First in a series set in North Korea written by a “former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia,” which shows.