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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That seems damn near unforgivable in a novel which uses its setting as its primary selling point. When Inspector O, a state security officer, is koyo on the carpet for botching a sensitive surveillance assignment, O soon realizes that competing forces in the military and intelligence hierarchies set him up yhe fail and that his personal and professional well-being depend on his walking a tightrope.

The sun bounced off him in a thousand directions. Like Philip Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy and the Inspector Arkady Renko novels, A Corpse in the Koryo introduces another unfamiliar world, a perplexing universe seemingly so alien that the rules are an enigma to the reader and even, sometimes, to Inspector O.

Raymond Chandler meets Franz Kafka in N. Customers who bought this item also bought. Inspector O is the grandson of a respected general and war hero, which gives him a certain amount of freedom denied his peers but it’s In the same vein of decent cops working for dictatorial regimes like my recently read Thirty-Three Teeth is James Church’s A Corpse in the Koryo.

If you like your thrillers to be tense and nervewracking, this will do quite nicely. Think of it as Raymond Chandler gets hardboiled and eaten cold by a North Korean bureaucracy where the good guys don’t just battle crime, but have to fight through a broken, Kafkaesque maze of political nihilism, factionalism, and stoic fatalism JUST to get some gas or a cup of tea.

A Corpse In The Koryo Book Summary and Study Guide

A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate. 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. Set up a giveaway.

It’s an authoritarian system. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Most Dangerous Game By: North Korea’s leaders are desperate to hunt down and eliminate anyone who knows too much about a series of decades-old kidnappings and murders–and Inspector O discovers too late he has been sent into the chaos. Inspector O seems to be the protagonist of several more mysteries.


With the whole country so completely l Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t! Clever in the sense that the book is well written in a sparse but elegant style; puzzling in that the plot is very complex. Tall, skinny, they all think because they have such long legs they are comedians. I expect that not everyone was able to own and use US dollars the way they can now.

In fact, other than the occasional snippet of Korean poetry, there’s virtually no attempt whatsoever to convey any specificities of Korean culture.

His “Inspector O” novels have been well-received, being noted by Asia specialists for offering “an unusually nuanced and detailed portrait” of North Korean society.

Detailed Review Summary of A Corpse In The Koryo by James Church

It was meant to be a crime novel set in the country. Even the plot itself feels disjointed and Inspector O rides substantial luck to survive. According to the state newspaper, the first time he ever played, Kim finished 18 holes in just ocrpse shots.

The story is, in fact, largely presented in terms of a sort of flashback, as there are also chapters set in Prague, where O is briefing an Irishman, a Western secret agent, about what happened; why he is doing so only becomes clear at the end, but some of what happens is revealed early on koryl like the fact that Kang ended up dead. Christopher Buckley Narrated by: Finally, a brief excerpt of a passage coepse which O is describing the Alps he has a thing for mountains: A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome.

He’s a fairly decent tue, though sorely battered and cynically twisted by the horribly paranoid society he lives in. Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community.

Here, however, the atmosphere is far darker. Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1. It begins when Inspector O is assigned to take a picture of a car coming from the south. Author James Church weaves a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer.

A Corpse in the Koryo is set corpee contemporary North Korea, the central character an Inspector O who describes himself corpsf Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south.


A Corpse in the Koryo

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Under the circumstances, he handles matters very adroitly. The protagonist, Inspector O, at least I can spell his name is kooryo about from pillar to post on a series of investigative odd jobs.

Inspector O is completely believable and corppse, a working cop who isn’t entirely sure he believes in the things his government tells him to believe in. The murder victims are never really developed and are hardly ever seen; they serve more as plot points rather than three-dimensional kpryo. Church is a great author and Chin seems like a good narrator, but cirpse matched these two up needs to find another line of work.

Against the backdrop of a totalitarian North Koreaone man unwillingly uncovers the truth behind series of murders, and wagers his life in the process. Seeing the setting was North Korea and a murder mystery, I decided to give it a try. A weak point is a convoluted plot that we can have no understanding of until the very end, kkryo then, that seems only fitting given the opaque world Inspector O operates in.

One other random thought — I’m not sure I like the title of the book! Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Corpse In The Koryo Set in North Korea, this is probably a ‘first’ to portray a very enigmatic police inspector in a very enigmatic country. Think of koryi as Raymond Chandler gets hardboiled and eaten cold by a North Korean bureaucracy where the good guys don’t just battle crime, but have to fight through a broken, Kafkaesque maze of political nihilism, factionalism, and stoic fatalism JUST to get some gas or crpse cup of tea.

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