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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A Corpse in the Koryo

Inspector O is completely believable and sympathetic, a working cop who isn’t entirely sure he believes in the things his government tells him to believe in. 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 tje my recently read Thirty-Three Teeth is James Church’s A Corpse in the Koryo.

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Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent joryo views of the reviewers. Emma Donoghue Narrated by: Not since reading my first Olen Steinhauer have I been this excited to discover a koryoo for me genre writer. Th This was one of those novels that plays with your head for a bit. The detective’s pragmatic if unwavering commitment to the ideals of pursuing justice in the face of serious obstacles makes him a heroic figure who’s well suited to carry future entries in what one hopes will be a long-lived series.


I thought the character of Inspector O was interesting and engaging, and I was particularly moved by his relationship with both his grandfather and with his boss, Pak. Here, however, the atmosphere is far darker.

I recommend this book only for readers who are really interested in a bleak take on life inside North Korea or enjoy atmospheric noir mysteries. 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.

When she makes those flippant remarks to her son over coffee tthe Friday, she has no inkling that within a few hours she will be facing the most terrifying situation of her life.

The events in the story and the writing can be hard to follow and the characters communicate in an awkward and evasive way. Martin Walker Narrated by: The corpse really didn’t matter and neither did it matter if it was at the Koryo or not. Bloody and chilling, yet subtle in its psychological detail, with an amazing understanding of North Korea.

Then you corpsf start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. 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.

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Ultimately, it might have been a little too sparse or maybe I am just a little slow. James Church is supposedly the pseudonym of a former Western intelligence agent. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. You should see what they do to the rooms.

In fact, the writing was just good enough to overcome a confusing story line and a protagonist who doesn’t seem to be fully developed.


Charles Todd Narrated by: This book is the first in the series that introduces the reader to Inspector O.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. So maybe all that confusion is real. My introduction to North Korea was certainly influenced by the events taking place at the time. Alongside this almost total disregard for death is the excellent Inspector, trying to work out who is pulling his strings. This book is actually told from the perspective of Insoector O being interrogated about a crime.

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Ditto, the culture and travelogue passages are fascinating in themselves, honest and colorful without ooryo turning kitschy or exoticizing – I would cheerfully read more of that, please! An atmospheric debut novel set klryo 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.

It doesn’t go well: I expect that not everyone was able to own and use US dollars the way they can now. Raymond Chandler meets Franz Kafka in N.

Things were a bit more under control back then. I don’t know how much of this is due to my unfamiliarity with the North Korean culture i. Apr 10, Ching-Bing-Ping rated it it was ok Shelves: In other words, people who buy this book looking for insights into North Korea will be extremely disappointed.

The atmosphere of life in North Korea is portrayed as bleak and tense. Free with day trial Membership details Membership details 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.

Apr 13, J. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. The review of this Book prepared by michael watson.