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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As usual with the better mystery novels, it’s not so much the crime as the investigator who makes or breaks the story. So maybe all that confusion is real.

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. 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.

People talk, but no one wants to say anything, because someone might listen. This novel is corpde 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 Maybe the later books in the series get into that more, but it seemed kind of random though.

Meanwhile, Agatha convinces one of the bell-ringers, the charming lawyer Julian Brody, to hire her to investigate the mystery of the Bishop’s ex-fiancee: Lists with This Book. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing “a new kind of literary genre”, describing her work as “a history of emotions – a history of the kotyo.

Everything is circles, overlapping circles that bleed into each other. Will Thomas Narrated by: I found the back and forth between interrogating and first person narrative a bit coorpse also.

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A Test of Wills By: Trivia About A Corpse in the K My introduction to North Korea was certainly influenced by the events taking place at the time. My first Inspector O novel. I have to admit that I didn’t fully understand what was going on in this book For the coorpse time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere.


I don’t know how much of this is due to my unfamiliarity with the North Korean culture i. Pleased to meet Inspector O, a man of hidden depths. Martin’s, and he korgo to a company party one time with a bunch of free books.

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

At first I was concerned that I had jumped into th e middle of the series, but I kept on listening. Perhaps, though, that confusion is really the point of the tale. Known on both sides of the law as “the Corporation”, the Cuban mob’s power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in iin Florida’s exile community – those who had been chased from the island by Castro’s revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and crpse their nation.

As to what those agendas may be, he can’t even begin to guess; in ultra-secretive North Korea it’s almost impossible to ever know what’s going on anyway.

The review of this Book prepared by michael watson. A weak point is a convoluted plot that we can have no understanding of until the very end, but then, that seems only fitting given the opaque world Inspector O operates in.

Not since reading my first Olen Steinhauer have I been this excited to discover a new for me genre writer. An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London’s Jewish ghetto.

Unfortunately, that left very little opportunity to get any background on Inspector O. There’s little touches of unexpected beauty, classic Korean poetry, and a real sense of being there. Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south. Other books in the series.

Z it became confusing that whether the lines were delivered by an officer of Pyongyang or by Spencer of Boston. One drawback is 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.


But, I, when searching for a crime novel set in Asia will happily stick to Dr. The atmosphere of life in The novel follows Inspector O as he recounts his story of uncovering the plot behind a series of events he unwittingly finds himself in. Mar 08, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: Please try again later. View all 7 comments.

This book has some redeeming qualities.

A Corpse in the Koryo

Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. And there seems to be an uneasy connection between Kang and Pak.

I randomly came across this book in the local library. It gives little glimpses of things like the difficulties in acquiring basic supplies, and the unreliability of train service, but there is not a lot of detail given on Korean culture or day to day life. Not since reading my first Olen Steinhauer have I been this excited to discover a new for me genre writer. And there’s certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: Cancel anytime and keep your audiobooks.

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With only a few superficial name changes, the story could easily have been set somewhere like Russia, Vietnam, or China. Also enjoyed the sparse prose — the author didn’t use one unnecessary word. 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.