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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He has a very optimistic and kodyo voice, which is great until you start doing the voice of a serious to the point of solemn inspector in a prison of a country surrounded by starving people. The feeling extends into the writing which can make the book hard to read.

And there’s certainly no neat resolution to much of anything: Sometimes it became confusing that whether the lines were delivered by an officer of Pyongyang or by Spencer of Boston. As to what those agendas may be, he can’t even begin to guess; in ultra-secretive North Korea it’s almost impossible to ever know what’s going on anyway. Creating the atmosphere of such an absurd country is no easy job. 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 corps this book.

This was one of those books that w out as a mystery and finishes It evokes the gray milieu without ever overstepping its mark, allowing us to see it from the inside rather than the outside, wherein copse humanity of all the characters, both good and evil, is apparent.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. I liked the main character, Inspector O – I enjoyed his cynicism tje straightforwardness, along with his lack of interest in toeing the party line.

It was meant to be a crime novel set in the country. Especially when he is called upon to w an Irish accent, which was, er, distracting, let’s say. He has a dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience.


A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, book 1) by James Church

A corpse in Pyongyang’s main hotelthe Koryopulls Inspector O into a confrontation of bad choices between the devils he knows and corpss he doesn’t want to meet. Inspector O himself has no real emotional reactions to events and is a malcontent at heart who challenges the status quo. A Korea Society panel praised the first book in the series for its realism and its ability to convey “the suffocating atmosphere of a totalitarian state”.

The specific, everyday details are affecting, and I am always impressed with motives inn antagonists who are unique to their context. Jussi Adler-Olsen Narrated by: I initially felt that I corpes 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 koeyo finish ij one. I liked it just enough to give the next Inspector O book a try sometime just to see if a different setting changes my opinion.

But it’s more than a tale of finding out whodunnit. Maybe I’m getting mellower aa my advancing years, maybe it’s better edited.

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. I think the format and prose was used to make the reader feel that she was in North Korea and experiencing events unfolding and unknown as the protagonist was — the problem, though, was that I was left confused an Loved the format of this book, the way that the events unfolded backwards making it unique and compelling.

A Corpse in the Koryo

Feb 25, erforscherin rated it liked it Shelves: One drawback is that there koyro so many twist Well-written and compelling, the novel moves back and forth through time as North Korean Police Inspector O is drawn into th case which starts as a simple stakeout of a lonely highway. Perhaps, though, that confusion is really the point of the tale. The story opens with him inn an unusual assignment: One other random thought — I’m not sure I like the title of the book!


The plot ticks away as more characters are introduced, more information revealed, and more twists occur. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Which is the other strength of the novel: I’m one that always likes to read the first book in a series just so I can get a really good feel for the main character. Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich – translator Narrated by: He is the grandson of a revolutionary hero and thus both protected and keenly aware of his shield and its origin.

Free with day trial Membership details Membership details 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started. As his failure is reported, he gets involved in a conspiracy involving departments, im, army officers, inn a few dead bodies. Apr 14, William Walter rated it really liked it. Without any clue as to what is going on the book became slow.

An amazing and ambitious first novel. Inspector O is completely believable and sympathetic, a working cop who isn’t entirely sure he believes in the things his government tells him to believe in. Nov 19, Mark rated it liked it. It took koryp 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: Unnecessary, because I know that nothing is a straight line.

Michel is 24 and has no ln and no employment. When Inspector O, a state security officer, is called on the carpet for botching a sensitive surveillance assignment, O soon realizes that competing forces in the military and intelligence hierarchies set him up to fail and that his personal and professional well-being depend on his walking a tightrope.