A corpse in the Koryo

Book Cover
Average Rating
Series:
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
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.Critical Acclaim for The Corpse in the Koryo“This is a fine, intelligent, and exciting story that takes us into the netherworld of contemporary North Korean communism. 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. Inspector O is a particularly wonderful creation, a true mensch attempting to hold on to his humanity in a world where humanism is under constant attack. Subtlety is the method, and the result is fantastic work that should mark the beginning of a brilliant career for James Church.”---Olen Steinhauer, author of Liberation Movements“For over fifty years Americans have tried to understand the world of North Korea. 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. This novel is a must-read for anyone who would understand how precarious the dictatorship is.”---Newt Gingrich, author of Winning Back the Future and Never Call Retreat“A gripping story of mystery and intrigue. The laconic Inspector O follows in the traditions of Inspector Arkady Renko, operating in a world of complexity and danger we’re meeting here for the first time.”---Don Oberdorfer, author of Tet! “Church’s debut thriller breaks new ground. O is an original. This is an expert take on a complex, brutal, and mystifying society. Immerse yourself in it.”---Marshall Browne, author of Eye of the Abyss and the Inspector Anders series“The Corpse in the Koryo is a spellbinder. Bloody and chilling, yet subtle in its psychological detail, with an amazing understanding of North Korea.”---Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University Asia Center“The (pseudonymous) author, a veteran intelligence officer, has intimate knowledge of Asian life and politics, and it shows: He gives the North Korea setting a feeling of palpable reality, depicting the nature of daily
More Details
ISBN:
9780312352080
9780786292134
9781481588515
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID5a92f74d-5961-5389-f687-446a2f9af57e
Grouping Titlecorpse in the koryo
Grouping Authorchurch james
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-12-15 04:47:27AM
Last Indexed2019-12-15 04:48:07AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorChurch, James.
author_displayChurch, James
available_at_arlingtonAurora Hills
Central
collection_arlingtonDetectives
Large Type
detailed_location_arlingtonAurora Hills Detectives
Central Large Type
display_description

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 that 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.

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.

format_arlingtonBook
Large Type
eAudiobook
format_category_arlingtonAudio Books
Books
eBook
id5a92f74d-5961-5389-f687-446a2f9af57e
isbn9780312352080
9780786292134
9781481588515
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b12890108.i13353391Central Large TypeLT D CHURC1falsefalseOn ShelfAug 14, 2019cafl
overdrive:05dccfca-70b3-430d-846c-763af19a0a56-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenAvailable Online
ils:.b12597806.i12622011Aurora Hills DetectivesD CHURC1falsefalseOn ShelfJun 22, 2019aafd
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-12-15T09:48:07.892Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formFiction
literary_form_fullFiction
local_callnumber_arlingtonD CHURC
LT D CHURC
Online OverDrive
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonAurora Hills
Central
primary_isbn9780312352080
publishDate2006
2007
2011
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b12890108Large TypeBooksEnglishThorndike Press, [2007]453 pages (large print) ; 22.
overdrive:05dccfca-70b3-430d-846c-763af19a0a56eAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishBlackstone Publishing2011
ils:.b12597806BookBooksEnglishThomas Dunne Books, [2006]280 pages ; 20.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b12890108.i13353391On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
overdrive:05dccfca-70b3-430d-846c-763af19a0a56-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
ils:.b12597806.i12622011On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
seriesInspector O novels
series_with_volumeInspector O novels|1
subject_facetInspector O (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
Korea (North) -- Officials and employees -- Fiction
title_displayA corpse in the Koryo
title_fullA Corpse in the Koryo
A corpse in the Koryo / James Church
A corpse in the Koryo / by James Church
title_shortA corpse in the Koryo
topic_facetFiction
Mystery
Suspense