• June 14, 2019

A Corpse in the Koryo. James Church, Author. St. Martin’s Minotaur/Dunne $ (p) ISBN “On the surface, A Corpse in the Koryo is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church.

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The story is a flashback in fact with some very clever flash-forwards to Inspector O’s de-briefing with a British spook. If you like your thrillers to be tense and nervewracking, this will do quite nicely. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared.

The Ministry is apparently what would be called the police in other countries.

The feeling extends into the writing which can make the book hard to read. The novel follows Inspector O as he recounts his story of tne the plot behind a series of events he unwittingly finds himself in.

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It soon emerges that a high-stakes feud is underway between Colonel Kim and Deputy Director Kang from the rival Investigations Department, an agency that seems to be analogous to the CIA. A highlight in my collection of detective novels with protagonists who are morally ambivalent participants in repressive regimes–in this case, the detective is an investigator for North Korean state security called up on to handle a death in one of Pyongyang’s few hotels for foreigners.

As usual with the better mystery novels, it’s not so much the crime as the investigator who makes or breaks the story. Corpze complete review ‘s Review:. Church’s natural details are amazing, his writing is both polished and crisp, and his story is superbly well-crafted I can imagine the idea for Inspector O slowly evolving and b An amazing and ambitious first novel.

A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness. If not for a couple of glaring defects, I would gladly koryoo rated it higher.


He has a dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

He gives the North Korea setting a feeling of palpable reality, depicting the nature of daily life under a totalitarian government not just with broad sociopolitical descriptions but also with specific everyday details.

One drawback is that there joryo so many twists and turns, I’m still not entirely certain what really happened in the end. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the koruo of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. Society in North Korea to those of us who’ve never visited nor lived there might not “get it”?

Victor Methos Narrated by: Not like some places, where a late train means twenty minutes, even an hour on a bad day. 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. If you listen to anyone carefully enough, you’ll hear the slip that points tye their vitals. 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 There are quite a few reasons that this shouldn’t be a winner, not least that the plotlines equivocate and cross themselves, while the reader is left with twelve shaggy-dog threads to tie together in the end.

Minotaur Books; 1st edition October 17, Publication Date: The ioryo, everyday details are affecting, and I am always impressed with motives and antagonists who are unique to their context.

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Mar 08, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: He’s a fairly decent man, though sorely battered and cynically twisted by the horribly paranoid society he lives in. This was one of those books that starts out as a mystery and finishes Mediocre North Korean mystery! First off, the mystery itself–though witty and entertaining–isn’t as tight as I would have liked it to be. North Korea’s leaders are desperate to hunt down and eliminate anyone who knows too much about a series of decades-old kidnappings and murders–and Inspector O discovers too late he has been sent into the chaos.

Nobody puts down their foot twice in the same place. Church is a great author and Chin seems like a good narrator, but whoever matched these two up needs to find another line of work.

A blue button on the floor of a hotel closet, an ice blue Finnish lake, and desperate efforts by the North Korean leadership set Inspector O on a journey to the edge of a reality he almost can’t survive. Perhaps that’s the point of the story? For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere.

Feb 24, Lisa Sansone added it. Nov 19, Mark rated it liked it. The murder victims are never really developed and are hardly ever seen; they serve more as plot points rather than three-dimensional characters.

I got a real feel for the mountainous scenery and different buildings of the area.

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