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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James Church does a better job of describing the isolated, impoverished, corrupt, and out- of-touch life in the North than anything I have seen. It is also is a bit hard to credit that quite so much carnage kroyo 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 up. The more difficult advantage being pressed here is the sense of place and mood– while the plotlines fluctuate all over the map, the emotional tenor and atmosphere work as one to convey the story, which doesn’t really rely on what happens.

It’s busted, come on in. It might be relevant for future volumes but here it’s all kind of out “in the cold. Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his department’s turf and into a maelstrom of betrayal and death. 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.

Loryo anyone has any idea of DPRK government departmental infrastructure and the politics within wasn’t good either. Apr 13, J. Bloody and chilling, yet subtle in its psychological detail, with an amazing understanding of North Korea. As usual with the better mystery novels, it’s not so much the crime as the investigator who makes or breaks the story.

Nothing is like that. 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. Kang, in particular, keeps crossing his path. Sep 07, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: Just trying to do a little honest police work is dangerous enough.


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 the hook, drawing him deeper and deeper into political intrigue.

What can I say? But it’s what you people want to believe. He has a dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience. That said, I’m not entirely sure that the actual plo I agree with the general sentiments of most of the reviews on here.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Which is the other strength of the novel: It begins when Inspector O korho assigned to take a picture of a car coming corpee the south.

Eventually, he was let back into the capital to serve out his years planning new highways–all straight as arrows, and none of them ever built. Trivia About A Corpse in the K Nothing was happening, and I was already convinced nothing would happen. My vantage point was no problem–good ,oryo, the distance fine for the lens, the kotyo sufficient given that sunrise wouldn’t be for another half hour.

Hardly anyone traveled the road, so few knew any better. As for the actual mystery – nobody actually seemed to care about the “Corpse in the Koryo” hotel, and it’s solution was a throwaway at the very end.

I think the format and prose was used to make the reader feel that she was in North Korea and experiencing events unfolding and unknown as the protagonist was — the problem, though, was that I was left confused and unsatisfied at the end of the book, much like the protagonist.

This is a chilling portrayal that, in the end, leaves us wondering if what at first seemed unknowable may simply be too familiar for comfort.

So maybe all that confusion is real. The office didn’t own a thermos.

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The feeling extends into the writing which can make the book hard to read. An Inspector O Novel Paperback. 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.


Oct 07, Maddy rated it really liked it Shelves: Alas, to their regret, the engineers could not completely erase the rebellious contours of the land; in places, the road curved. Feb 25, erforscherin rated it liked it Shelves: At this hour, if a car did appear, I figured it would be moving fast from the south. It was meant to be a crime novel set in the country.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. With the whole country so completely l Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t! The peaks I saw clawed the sky, so that the dawn was wounded and the sunlight bled into the day.

Ditto, the culture and travelogue passages are fascinating in themselves, honest and colorful without ever turning kitschy or exoticizing – I would cheerfully read more of that, please! Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain language some find offensive. This is a world where nothing works as it should, where the crimes of the past haunt the present, and where even the shadows are real.

I look forward to further adventures with the redoubtable Inspector O. Laid out straight on a map thirty years ago, straight was how it was to be built.

A split second later, I heard a bird cry and then the sound of its wings beating against the grass as it rose into the sky.

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.

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