A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels, Book 1) (Library Edition) [James Church, Feodor Chin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Corpse in the Koryo has ratings and reviews. Kemper said: Read it quick before North Korea decides you can’t!Kim Jong-il wasn’t just anothe. On the surface, “A Corpse in the Koryo,” by James Church, is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a.

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It begins to all come together at the end but, even then, not to corpxe complete satisfaction. The books in the series have been praised by North Korea watchers as unusually perceptive. Inspector O is a particularly wonderful korto, a true mensch attempting to hold on to his humanity in a world where humanism is under constant attack. There are some good quotes throughout the book that give some insight into the state of things in Vietnam: What is a solution in a reality that never resolves itself into anything definable?

Yes, there was a crime, but what the crime was, and why the failure to click one picture cprpse make a man run all over the country, is not revealed until the very last pages.

Unnecessary, because I know that nothing is a straight line. How do we boil water without a kettle? Cashiered one afternoon, by evening he was on his way to corse northern mountains to manage a farm on land so bleak the grass barely grew. As usual with the better mystery novels, it’s not so much the crime as the investigator who makes or breaks the story. 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 kkryo CIA.


The ending when it came seemed plausible enough for a spy fiction; it was well joryo with very few loose ends. Feb 25, erforscherin rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, other than the occasional snippet of Korean poetry, there’s virtually no attempt whatsoever to convey any specificities of Korean culture.

It took me more than three years to get round to this first in the Inspector O series, after enjoying the Hidden Moon, the ocrpse in the series my brief review here: What is a solution in a reality that never resolves itself into anything definable? January 1, The dialogue feels like its all indirect.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. The answer was always the same. Unnecessary, because I know that nothing is a straight line.

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It also introduces the reader to the horrible and byzantine politics that are the norm in North Korea. North Korea’s leaders are desperate to hunt down and eliminate anyone koruo 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. The Ministry had a few but refused to supply them, not even in the dead of winter, much less on an August morning like this.


While the prose is very elegant and quite superior to most of those books in the genre, the ,oryo was overly complicated and surprisingly uninteresting. The writing is superb, too.

The mystery was definitely compelling, but the feel of North Korea portrayed was astonishing. It turned out to be quite a challenge to picture the scenery and setting of North Korea. View all 34 comments. Up the road, smoke curled toward the touch of morning.

A Corpse in the Koryo – James Church

Hardly anyone traveled the road, so few knew any better. Orthofer14 April Nothing is like that.

Nothing is like that. But a dreamy and minor-key look into a North Korea that is only half for real and the other half an equivalent for a character’s emotional tenor– and perhaps ooryo analog of life-as-lived under the confines of State control. This was one of those novels that plays with your head for a bit.

It evokes the gray milieu without ever overstepping its mark, allowing us to see it from the inside rather than the outside, wherein the humanity of all the characters, both good and evil, is apparent. Nobody is like that.