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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The plot ticks away as more characters are introduced, more information revealed, and more twists occur. As usual with the better mystery novels, it’s not so much the crime as the investigator who makes or breaks the story.

For me, life consists of badly limited possibilities, but I know the parts are endlessly rearranged, always shifting, always changing. Some might describe the plot as quite bland, but I found it remarkably good for a debut.

No click, no whir, no picture. Everything is circles, overlapping circles that bleed into each other. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

A Corpse in the Koryo

I expect that not everyone was able to own and use US dollars the way they can now. The voice began again, then strangled on cprpse own static. The story opens with him on an unusual assignment: He works for the North Korean Ministry of People’s Security but Inspector O must rely on his own survival instincts and intelligence alongside assistance from political allies and his grandfather’s political legacy.

The protagonist, Inspector O, at least I can spell his name is ordered about from pillar to post on a series of investigative odd jobs. My orders didn’t say where to look, only to be on the lookout for a car. I liked a lot of things about the book.


Yes, take time to smell the roses, but is there time? The books in the series have been praised by North Korea watchers as unusually perceptive. Still, this was a well written thriller with an interesting main character in a setting that most of us outside of North Korea will never know. Not since reading my first Olen Steinhauer have I been this excited to discover a new for me genre writer. This book has some redeeming qualities. Read more Read less.

Sep 07, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: What can I say? I thought the character of Inspector O was interesting and engaging, and I was particularly moved by his relationship with both his grandfather and with his boss, Pak.

This is a world koruo nothing works as it should, where the crimes of the past haunt the present, and where even the shadows are real. The books in the series have been praised by North Korea watchers as unusually perceptive.

But I won’t be leaving it quite as long to get to number three. As one body after another is discovered, the investigation becomes like a dangerous maze with no clear way out and very few allies on whom he can rely. I’ll be interested to see what other kroyo Church has for his inspector. But even a perfect picture would have been useless.

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If not for a couple of glaring defects, I would gladly have rated it higher. 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 dorpse came across this book in the local library.


And there seems to be an uneasy connection between Kang and Pak. 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. It’s more travelogue than police procedural, l I can see why the reviews are all over the place for this book – it’s definitely not your typical mystery, though the more I think on it, the more I wonder if that’s not a misclassification anyway.

Seeing the setting was North Korea and a murder mystery, I decided to give it a try. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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

Church happens to be a former western intelligence officer stationed there, the scenes painted are doubly believable. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Lists with This Book. O is an unconventional detective in probably the worst place to be an unconventional detective.

Subtlety is the method, and the result is fantastic work that should mark the beginning of a brilliant career for James Church.