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Heading for volume two in the series O had a famous grandfather, who raised him, and is unmarried and in his mid-fifties; he works in the capital of Pyongyang. One of my coworkers is married to an editor for St. Dec 10, Michael Miller rated it it was amazing.
With only a few superficial name changes, the story could easily have been set somewhere like Russia, Vietnam, or China. 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 being worked and turned and rolled-over in Church’s creative pocket like an odd, but beautiful piece of dark persimmon wood.
The most interesting characters are the ones O meets during his investigation: It took me more than three years to get round to this first in the Inspector O series, after enjoying the Hidden Moon, the second in the series my brief review here: Would you like to tell cprpse about a lower price? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south.
And corose certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: I initially felt that I would like this, but then found it a little difficult to get into – possibly because I was distracted by another, very compelling book, so I temporarily put this one aside to finish that one. My introduction to North Korea was certainly influenced by the events taking place at the time.
A Corpse in the Koryo
The action and interactions between characters are awkward. Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. 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.
Nothing was happening, and I was already convinced nothing would happen. A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church. 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.
Things were a bit more under control back then. Not like some places, where a late train means twenty minutes, even an hour on a bad day. It might be relevant for future volumes but here it’s all kind of out “in the cold.
A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church
Finally, a brief excerpt of a passage in which O is describing the Alps he has a thing for mountains: In fact, it’s hard to see what “crime” O is investigating. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Hardly anyone traveled the road, so few knew any better. More in kooryo way of Borges, or Conrad maybe, the sleepwalkingly noirish sensibility is jarringly contrasted with the harsh day-to-day, and the result is engrossing.
It turned out to be quite a challenge to picture the scenery and setting of North Korea. Then again, perhaps a crime novel is not the right place for such. That is, kpryo the reader is only interested in making some kind of logical structure out of the plot. Anyway, no response was necessary. At dawn, the hills wake from the mist, One row, then another, Beyond is loneliness Endless as the distant peaks.
I think the format and prose was used to make the reader feel that she was in North Korea and experiencing events coepse and unknown as the protagonist was — kiryo problem, though, was that I was left confused an Loved the format of cofpse book, the way that the events unfolded backwards making it unique and compelling. We tend to think of them as this oppressed but possibly brainwashed sea of humanity that lives in a combination of fear and awe of Kim Jong-il.
I’m as inefficient in my reading priorities as a North Korean minister. It’s an authoritarian system. Subtlety is the method, and the result is fantastic work that should mark the beginning of a brilliant career for James Church.
Though not a dull book by any standards, and people looking for a broader perspective whatever that may mean in their crime novels will surely enjoy this book. Maybe that’s what Church was going for, but it didn’t work for me.
Maybe that’s the point?
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. Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t! A better signal would only invite more noise.
A rebellious survivor of North Korea’s brutal totalitarian regime, Inspector O, a state security officer, risks his life and career to solve a case that begins innocuously enough when he is asked to photograph a certain vehicle. Ppg “Kang is an interesting character” “I thought so.