A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels, Book 1) (Library Edition) [James Church, Feodor Chin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Corpse in the Koryo has ratings and reviews. Kemper said: Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t!Kim Jong-il wasn’t just anothe. On the surface, “A Corpse in the Koryo,” by James Church, is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a.

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A Corpse in the Koryo

Start reading A Corpse in the Koryo on your Kindle in under a minute. It seemed odd to me; I understand inter-departmental rivalries, but this seemed to go too far. Government, police protection, buildings, cars, roads, appliances, telephones — whatever: But it’s more than a tale of finding out whodunnit.

The books in the series have been praised by North Korea clrpse as unusually perceptive.

The Orphan Master’s Son: But I won’t be leaving it quite as long to get to number three. Once for affirmative, twice for a negative. Secondly, the book does very little to expand corspe understanding as to the mindset of North Koreans.

My vantage point was no problem–good angle, the distance fine for koro lens, the lighting sufficient given that sunrise wouldn’t be for another half hour. The corpse really didn’t matter and neither did it matter if it was at the Koryo or not. With my western thought processes I found I was forced to alter my thinking in order to understa Pleased to meet Inspector O, a man of hidden depths. 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.


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

Up the road, smoke curled toward the touch of morning. Just trying to do a little honest police work is dangerous enough. Nothing was happening, and I was already convinced nothing would happen. Don’t have a Kindle? No trivia or quizzes yet. But there are two main things working in favor of A Corpse In The Koryothe simplest of which is that Mr Church happens to be a former intelligence officer with ‘decades of experience in East Asia’ who is using a pseudonym for the book; the endflaps assure us that he knows whereof he speaks, and necessarily has to obscure his real identity.

This book is the first in the series that introduces the reader to Inspector O. It also introduces the reader to the horrible and byzantine politics that are the norm kiryo North Korea.

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But even a perfect picture would have been useless. Get to Know Us. My introduction to North Korea was certainly influenced by the events taking place at the time. The sun bounced off him in a thousand directions.

Mar 08, Ludditus rated it really liked it. The book was published inwhen Kim Jong-il was still in charge. June 1, Language: 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. And there’s certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: As his failure is reported, he gets involved in a conspiracy involving departments, ministries, army officers, and a few dead bodies.

Inspector O is a particularly wonderful creation, a true mensch attempting to hold on to his humanity in a world where humanism is under constant attack. I didn’t believe the character and found the convoluted story line hard to follow. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The murder of a foreign national in the Koryo Hotel back in Pyongyang is an assignment more befitting his position, but of course it’s also connected with what he finds kogyo in the middle of.


The ending is a bit disappointing, but hardly a surprise. In other words, people who buy this book looking for insights into North Korea will be extremely disappointed.

A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church

An amazing and ambitious first novel. No matter what hat he wore, Church says, he ran across Inspector O many times.

People talk, but no one wants to say anything, because someone might listen. He has a dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience. It’s more travelogue than police procedural, less a straight thriller novel than a meditation that just happens to have some exciting moments. The story is, in fact, largely presented in terms of a sort of flashback, kroyo there are also chapters set in Prague, where O is briefing an Irishman, a Western secret agent, about what happened; why he is doing ckrpse only becomes clear at the end, but some of what happens is revealed early on — like the fact that Kang ended up dead.

I watched the car drop out of sight over a small rise, then threw down the camera in disgust. Listening is the time to recoup, to gather your wits, to plan your attack. Mar 09, Derek rated it it was ok Shelves: Here, however, the atmosphere is far darker.

Mr Church didn’t make Inspector O work for me; he is portrayed as a thoughtful and sensitive man trying to function in a brutal and oppressive regime, but seems oddly detached when people close to him are bumped off along the way. Also enjoyed the sparse prose — the author didn’t use one unnecessary word.