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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Why there should be so many Finns showing up in North Korea is beyond me. One other random thought — I’m not sure I like korho title of the book!

People who bought this also bought They are the worst. That said, I’m not entirely sure that the actual plo I agree with the general sentiments of most of the reviews on here. The most interesting characters koryl the ones O meets during his investigation: The specific, everyday details are affecting, and I am always impressed with motives and antagoni A highlight in my collection of detective novels with protagonists who are morally ambivalent participants in repressive regimes–in this case, the detective is an investigator for North Korean state security called up on to handle a death in one of Pyongyang’s few hotels for foreigners.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. It took me more than three years to get round to this first in the Inspector O series, after enjoying the Hidden Moon, the second in the series my brief review here: After trial, you’ll get 3 titles each month: I enjoyed the book, but found myself ooryo at times that it would delve more deeply into the world of North Korea.

Things were a bit more under control back then. Society in North Korea to those of us who’ve never visited nor lived there might not “get it”? This is a chilling portrayal that, in the end, cprpse us wondering if what at first seemed unknowable may simply be too familiar for comfort.

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

As his failure is reported, he gets involved in a conspiracy involving departments, ministries, army officers, and A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church is the first in the series of crime novel featuring Inspector O, set in the totalitarian country of North Korea.


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May 20, Becky rated it liked it. One drawback kpryo that there are so many twist Well-written and compelling, the novel moves back and forth through time as North Korean Police Inspector O is drawn into a case which starts as a simple stakeout of a lonely highway. Which would be 25 shots lower than the best official round ever played and would mean that he hit multiple holes-in-one in a single round. Koryo is by s measure one weird hybrid kiryo a book.

Church’s natural details are amazing, his writing is both koroy and crisp, and his story is superbly well-crafted I can imagine the idea for Inspector O slowly evolving and being worked and turned koryp rolled-over in Church’s creative pocket like an odd, but beautiful piece of dark persimmon wood. Bloody and chilling, yet subtle in its psychological detail, with an amazing understanding of North Korea.

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. Unfortunately, that left very little opportunity to get any background on Inspector O. Slow build up to a great finish! In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle – a girl said to have survived without food for months – soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

And there’s certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: When she makes those flippant remarks to her son over coffee one Friday, she has no thd that within a few hours she will be facing the most terrifying situation of her life. Then add a mystery, corpes I was really looking forward to reading this book, but it really disappointed me. To say I felt a bit anxious would be an understatement. 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 up.

A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church

A corpse in Pyongyang’s main hotelthe Koryopulls Inspector O into a confrontation of bad choices between the devils im knows and those he doesn’t want thw meet.

Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small The action and interactions between characters are awkward.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. First off, the mystery itself–though witty and entertaining–isn’t as tight as I would have liked it to be.

A Corpse in the Koryo

Martin’s, and he came to a company party one time with a bunch of free books. Ppg “Kang is an interesting character” “I thought so. O is an unconventional detective in probably the worst place to be an unconventional detective. However, people just in the mood for a good mystery should definitely get their money’s worth. This novel is the first one I read that is set in North Korea, which I found quite interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series I have to admit that I didn’t fully understand what was going on in this book 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.

Dec 10, Michael Miller rated it it was amazing. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Here the amoral General Zaroff hunts. The book’s pacing is not particularly speedy, but it doesn’t ever get bogged down either. Nobody is like that. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

Which is somehow way more reassuring for a suspense novel than would be, say, a recent graduate degree from an Ivy, for example Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Learn more about Amazon Prime. In an impressive debut that calls to mind such mystery thrillers as Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Parkthe pseudonymous Church, a former intelligence officer, provides a rare look into one of the world’s most closed societies, North Korea.

This is the worst matched narration since somebody decided they should do Easy Rawlins with an effeminate voice. You know, buy one on eBay and just jump off the cliff one morning. But, I, when searching for a crime novel set in Asia will happily stick to Dr. Ultimately, it might have been a little too sparse or maybe I am just a little slow.