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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This is an expert take on a complex, brutal, and mystifying society. But, sadly this book was not meant to be a commentary on North Korea.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. A jealous colleague has learned tye his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. With the intrigue and politics it’s easy to think of John Le Carre, and the dark richness of the descriptions is definitely Raymond Chandler’s noir all over, but then things get a bit harder to describe.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This is a chilling portrayal that, in the ,oryo, leaves us wondering if what at first seemed unknowable may simply be too familiar for comfort.

As the bell-ringers get ready for the visit of the dashing Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, the whole village is thrown into a frenzy. Both the body in the hotel, the curious case of the stolen cars, escape into China and the powerful coepse nonetheless criminal military figures all tue together so that only in the last few pages do we learn the answers. The book’s pacing is not particularly speedy, but it doesn’t ever get bogged down either.


Nobody is like that. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. This was not really developed sufficiently in my mind.

The story is, in fact, largely presented in terms of a sort of flashback, as there are also chapters set in Prague, where O is briefing an Irishman, a Western secret agent, about what happened; why he is doing so only becomes clear at the end, but some of what happens is revealed early on — like the fact that Kang ended up dead.

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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. Koryo is by any measure one weird hybrid of a book.

I’ll be the first to This was one of those books that starts out as a mystery and finishes O is given a mysterious assignment to go outside Pyongyang and take a picture of a car that is supposed to drive by at a certain time. At first I was concerned that I had jumped into th e middle of the series, but I kept on listening.

The Orphan Thf Son: His dialogues made him appear as such. James Church does a better job of describing the isolated, impoverished, corrupt, and out- of-touch life in the North than anything I have seen. When she makes those flippant remarks to her son over coffee one Friday, she has no inkling that within a few hours she will be facing the most terrifying situation of her life. Open Preview See a Problem? 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 Corpae O.


Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community. The book was published inwhen Kim Jong-il was still in charge. Mar 22, Leslie rated it liked it. O is an unconventional detective in probably the worst place to be an unconventional detective.

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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. I will give the next one, Hidden Moon, a try before deciding whether I am a fan or not. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Corpse In The Koryo Set in North Korea, tne is probably a cprpse to portray a very enigmatic police inspector in a very enigmatic country.

Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America. The protagonist, Clrpse O, at least I can spell his name is ordered about from pillar to post on a series of investigative odd jobs. The pseudonymous author, a veteran intelligence officer, has intimate knowledge of Asian life and politics, and it shows: Mar 08, Ludditus rated it really liked it.

Where Cotterill plays up the absurdities of the Pathet Lao’s regime, Church’s North Korean bureaucrats are vicious thugs and the slightest mistake could and does cost lives.