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 specific, everyday details are affecting, and I am always impressed with motives and antagonists who are unique to their context. The timeline is confusing as heck. Be the first to ask a question about A Corpse in the Koryo. January 1, Heading for volume two in the series And turn off the radio.

But even a perfect picture would have been useless. At dawn, the hills wake from the mist, One row, then another, Beyond is loneliness Endless as the distant peaks.

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

Please try again later. I think the format and prose was used to make the reader feel that she was in North Korea and experiencing events unfolding and corpxe 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.


But, sadly this book was not meant to be a commentary on North Korea. Which is the other strength of the novel: Get to Know Us.

A Corpse in the Koryo

But a dreamy and minor-key look into a North Korea that is only half for real and the other half an equivalent for a character’s emotional tenor– and perhaps an analog corpxe life-as-lived under the confines of State control. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. He has wandered through Korea for years.

Pak’s voice turned unusually official, signaling there was someone else in his office listening to our conversation. Church happens to be a former western intelligence officer stationed there, the scenes painted are doubly believable. What is a solution in a reality that never resolves itself into anything definable? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In a normal mystery or police procedural, I’d wonder what the heck was going on with the plot here: Mar 08, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: As his failure is reported, he gets involved in a conspiracy involving departments, ministries, army officers, and a few dead bodies.

This gets four stars and a recommeded from me. 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 Kogyo. Start reading A Corpse in kodyo Koryo on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Why there should be so many Finns showing up in North Korea is beyond me. 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.


The mystery was definitely compelling, but the feel of North Korea portrayed was astonishing. I’ll be the first to admit that I know sweet diddly about North Korea, but I doubt that police and security agencies there gun each other down in the streets and office buildings on a regular basis.

He wouldn’t be looking up a hillside for anyone with a camera. The writing is superb, too. This novel is the first one I read that is set corspe 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 review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Even the plot itself feels disjointed and Inspector O rides substantial luck to survive. I look forward to further adventures with the redoubtable Inspector O.

If you like your thrillers to be tense and nervewracking, this will do quite nicely.

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