By James Church
"On the outside, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling solid secret novel, packed with strange characters enthusiastic about a posh plot that retains you guessing to the end."---Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post One of Publishers Weekly most sensible 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 automobile arising a abandoned road from the south. easy orders for Inspector O, till he realizes they've got led him a long way, far flung his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and loss of life. North Korea's leaders are wanting to seek out and put off somebody 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 may still, the place the crimes of the earlier 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 via center after many years as an intelligence officer. ". . . a very good crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed examining event. " ---Library magazine (starred) "Inspector O is totally plausible and sympathetic . . . The writing is excellent, 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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A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels) by James Church