A Corpse in the Koryo

Product Number: EB00010122
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781429936552
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Against the backdrop of a totalitarian North Korea, one man unwillingly uncovers the truth behind series of murders, and wagers his life in the process. Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south. Simple orders for Inspector O, until he realizes they have led him far, far off his department's turf and into a maelstrom of betrayal and death. 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. 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. A corpse in Pyongyang's main hotel-the Koryo-pulls Inspector O into a confrontation of bad choices between the devils he knows and those he doesn't want to meet. 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. 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. Author James Church weaves a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer. This is a chilling portrayal that, in the end, leaves us wondering if what at first seemed unknowable may simply be too familiar for comfort.

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Author(s): James Church
Series: Inspector O Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Oct 17, 2006

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Author(s): James Church
Narrator(s): Feodor Chin
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Product Number DD5546
Released: Jan 01, 2013
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ISBN: #9781441790316
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Author(s): James Church
Narrator(s): Feodor Chin
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Product Number Z100096692
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781481588515

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