By James Church
"On the outside, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling solid secret novel, choked with strange characters fascinated by a posh plot that retains you guessing to the end."---Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post One of Publishers Weekly best a hundred Books of 2006One of Booklist's most sensible style Fiction of 2006One of the Chicago Tribune's most sensible mystery/thrillers of 2006 Sit on a quiet hillside at sunrise one of the wildflowers; take an image of a vehicle arising a abandoned road from the south. basic orders for Inspector O, till he realizes they've got led him a ways, remote his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and dying. North Korea's leaders are eager to search out and put off an individual who is aware an excessive amount of a few sequence of decade's-old kidnappings and murders---and Inspector O discovers too overdue he has been despatched into the chaos. this can be a global the place not anything works because it should still, the place the crimes of the prior hang-out the current, and the place even the shadows are genuine. writer James Church weaves a narrative with superbly spare prose and layered descriptions of a rustic and a humans he is aware by means of center after a long time as an intelligence officer. ". . . an exceptional crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed examining event. " ---Library magazine (starred) "Inspector O is totally plausible and sympathetic . . . The writing is great, too . . . richly layered and visually evocative."---Booklist (starred) ". . . a powerful debut that calls to brain such secret thrillers as Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park. . . ." ---Publishers Weekly (starred)
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Once I saw the vase hadn't been damaged, I decided to forget the whole thing. Having the room searched didn't bother me. Whoever did it wasn't trying to be subtle. I figured maybe it was a drill, to show me how rooms looked after a search if you didn't do your job right. Or maybe it was a mistake: The wrong file got pulled, and when they walked into my room they realized they had made a trip for nothing, so they let off some steam. The second time I found the vase on the floor, I wrote them a note.
Comparisons to J. Robert Janes' series set in occupied France and costarring Gestapo detective Kohler are inevitable, but there is also a little of Martin Cruz Smith's early Arkady Renko novels here. The writing is superb, too, well above the level usually associated with a first novel, richly layered and visually evocative. Thomas Dunne Books St. Martin's Minotaur f$ New York This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.
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A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels) by James Church