A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels) by James Church

By James Church

"On the skin, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling solid secret novel, choked with strange characters occupied with a fancy 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 motor vehicle bobbing up a abandoned street from the south.          easy orders for Inspector O, until eventually he realizes they've got led him some distance, remote his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and loss of life. North Korea's leaders are eager to search out and do away with an individual who is aware an excessive amount of a couple of sequence of decade's-old kidnappings and murders---and Inspector O discovers too past due he has been despatched into the chaos. it is 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 actual.          writer James Church weaves a narrative with fantastically spare prose and layered descriptions of a rustic and a humans he is familiar with by way of middle after a long time as an intelligence officer.  ". . . a superb crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed interpreting adventure. " ---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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Pak coughed, another nervous habit. He lowered his voice another notch. " "A picture. " "That's what I figured, he was the one who wanted the picture. Those types are never happy, you know that. Happiness doesn't sit well with their sort of noxious purity. They give loyalty a bad name. " Pak puffed out his cheeks, a sign I was going off on a tangent. I backed up. "Okay. The picture. Don't they have their own camera, something expensive? " Pak's tone was always friendly, even when he was irritated with me, but now it was deadly cold.

The man in the chair shifted his weight and stretched his legs, seemingly unhurried and at ease, but watching me the whole time. He put his fingers together, tapered fingers with well-manicured nails. Not someone who had recently been out helping the farmers. I knew what was coming. " The man paused for a fraction of a second. Captain Kim's polished right boot tapped the floor lightly, just once, like the flick of a cat's tail. Everyone pretended not to notice. " "We don't wear pins in the field," I kept my tone matter-of-fact.

I knew the road emerged from a short tunnel a kilometer away. The sound of the engine echoing against rock would reach ahead, giving me time to get ready before the car slammed into view. The driver had probably been running without lights; he would be tired from peering through the windshield into darkness, fighting to hold the center of the highway for the ribbon of good pavement that remained. He wouldn't be looking up a hillside for anyone with a camera. Now, though, nothing moved. No farmers walked along the road; not even a breeze rustled the cornfields bleached from too much summer and not enough rain.

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