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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I will read more. It turned out to be quite a challenge to picture the scenery and setting of North Korea. But if you’re looking for an atmospheric story with haunting characters and an in-depth look at the sociopolitical intrigues of living in North Korea, you might want to give it a go.

Ppg “Kang is an interesting character” “I thought so. The murder victims are never really developed and are hardly ever seen; they serve more as plot points rather than three-dimensional characters.

And there seems to be an uneasy connection between Kang and Pak. Jan 04, Diane Clavette rated it really liked corpsr. Alas, to their regret, the engineers could not completely erase the rebellious contours of the land; in places, the road curved. He’s a fairly decent man, though kkoryo battered and cynically twisted by the horribly paranoid society he lives in.

O’s maneuvering through this murk and carnage — as well as the occasional kory blow is quite engaging, but there’s a bit too much reliance on greater powers that be and ultimately not quite enough excitement.

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.

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. Still, this was a well written thriller with koro interesting main character copse a setting that most of us outside of Corlse Korea will never know. Bloody and chilling, yet subtle in its psychological detail, with an amazing understanding of North Korea.


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This was one of those books that starts out as a mystery and finishes 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. More in the way of Borges, or Conrad maybe, the sleepwalkingly noirish sensibility is jarringly contrasted with the harsh day-to-day, and the result is engrossing.

My orders didn’t say where to look, only to be on the lookout for a car. Don’t have a Kindle?

A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church

The car had no plates. Given the grim world that they live in, it was refreshing to find that O had a sense of humor. Once for affirmative, twice for a negative.

The books in the series have been praised by North Korea watchers as unusually perceptive. The Ministry had a few but refused to supply them, not even in the dead of winter, much less on an August morning like this.

A Corpse in the Koryo

Share your thoughts with other customers. I liked the main character, Korjo O – I enjoyed his cynicism and straightforwardness, along with his lack of interest in toeing the party line. Ultimately, it might have been a little too sparse or maybe I am just a little slow.

Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his departme. With only a few superficial name changes, the story could easily have been set somewhere like Russia, Vietnam, or China. Be the first to ask a question about A Corpse in the Koryo. Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south.


Oct 07, Maddy rated it really liked it Shelves: Pyongyang is a cage—the rest of the country ,oryo mostly emptiness and retardation populated by peasants and scattered with a few decrepit cities that look as on a different planet and a different century. Nobody puts down their foot twice in the same place.

Not like some places, where a late train means twenty minutes, even an hour on a bad day. While the prose is very elegant and quite superior to most of those books in the genre, the plot was overly complicated and surprisingly uninteresting. Nov 19, Mark rated it liked it.

There are so many secrets, and everyone seems to know more than our beleaguered policeman with the soul of a carpenter. The book’s pacing is not particularly speedy, but it doesn’t ever get bogged down either. Dec 30, Gramarye rated it really liked it Shelves: This sort of surveillance always made me jumpy. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. By then the mapmakers had learned their lesson.

I didn’t even get much of a sense of “asia-ness” about it. Apr 28, A. This is a world where nothing works as it should, where the crimes of the past haunt the present, and where even the shadows are real. Dorpse 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.

Why there should be so many Finns showing up in North Korea is beyond me. January 1, The plot ticks away as more chara One of my coworkers is married to an editor for St. More but brief descriptives, koruo, of the settings in the various locations of North Korea.