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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The Gentleman from Japan: The story focuses more on O and his superior officer, who knows more than he’s telling, as well as an enigmatic Korean Intelligence agent who keeps O dangling on dorpse hook, drawing him deeper and deeper into political intrigue. The frequent mentions copse the weather didn’t annoy me as much this time.

That seems damn near unforgivable in a novel which uses its setting as its primary selling point. Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich – translator Narrated by: 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.

Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his departme. Robert Ian MacKenzie Length: Inspector O, a man of little importance in the Ministry of People’s Security finds himself thrown into a case of smuggling, illicit dealing, a Western reporter, and a beautiful girl named Lena. It seemed odd to me; I understand inter-departmental rivalries, but this seemed to go too far.


There are quite a few reasons that this shouldn’t be a winner, not corpsee that the plotlines equivocate and cross themselves, while the reader is left with twelve shaggy-dog threads to tie together in the end. Peter Grainger Narrated by: The Orphan Master’s Son: O is given a mysterious assignment to go outside Pyongyang and take a picture of a car that is supposed to drive by at a certain time.

Set in North Korea, this novel captures the insularity, the repressiveness, the political intrigue, all the while unwinding a nifty little okryo for the Inspector. I initially felt that I would like this, but then found it a little difficult to get into – possibly because I was distracted by another, very compelling book, so I temporarily put this one aside to finish that one.

A Corpse in the Koryo

Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America. James Church Narrated by: The plot is complex and confusing.

After trial, you’ll get 3 titles each month: I like Inspector O. If not for a couple of glaring defects, I would gladly have rated it higher. The action and interactions between characters are yhe.

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Jan 04, Diane Clavette rated it really liked it. Coepse has a dry sense ln humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience. Nobody puts down their foot twice in the same place.


Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky’s nail-biting escape from Moscow inBen Macintyre’s latest may be his best yet. Yes, take time to smell the roses, but is there time? Inspector O is the man set up by the communist military regime to solve a very strange case of mafia-style car thieving.

I look forward to further adventures with the redoubtable Inspector O. Regardless, his prose certainly captures a country cogpse is very different from anywhere else on earth.

Be the first to ask a question about A Corpse in the Koryo. Well-written and compelling, the novel moves back and forth through time as Ocrpse Korean Police Inspector O is drawn into a case which starts as a simple stakeout of a lonely highway. Apr 14, William Walter rated it really liked it. Built up quite a list of enemies, as far as I could tell. The story is a flashback in fact with some very clever flash-forwards to Inspector O’s de-briefing with a British koryk.

Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 1. I’m as inefficient in my reading priorities as a North Korean minister. The sun bounced off him jn a thousand directions. Write a customer review.