By James Church
"On the skin, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling strong secret novel, choked with strange characters interested in a fancy plot that retains you guessing to the end."---Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post One of Publishers Weekly best a hundred Books of 2006One of Booklist's most sensible style Fiction of 2006One of the Chicago Tribune's most sensible mystery/thrillers of 2006 Sit on a quiet hillside at sunrise one of the wildflowers; take an image of a vehicle arising a abandoned street from the south. basic orders for Inspector O, till he realizes they've got led him a long way, remote his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and demise. North Korea's leaders are eager to search out and cast off an individual who is familiar with an excessive amount of a couple of sequence of decade's-old kidnappings and murders---and Inspector O discovers too overdue he has been despatched into the chaos. it is a international the place not anything works because it should still, the place the crimes of the previous hang-out the current, and the place even the shadows are genuine. writer James Church weaves a narrative with superbly spare prose and layered descriptions of a rustic and a humans he is aware by way of middle after a long time as an intelligence officer. ". . . an exceptional crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed examining event. " ---Library magazine (starred) "Inspector O is totally plausible and sympathetic . . . The writing is great, too . . . richly layered and visually evocative."---Booklist (starred) ". . . a powerful debut that calls to brain such secret thrillers as Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park. . . ." ---Publishers Weekly (starred)
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