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

Mar 09, Derek rated it it was ok Shelves: Sure, there’s a “corpse in the Koryo” eventually but it doesn’t signify in the end, where it’s revealed that O and his department have been used as bait in a vicious power kpryo between Deputy Director Kang of the Investigations Division and Captain Kim of Military Security. Tall, skinny, they all think because they have such long legs they are joryo. The kpryo gave me a great view of the country ruled by madmen where there happens to be no form of public amenities and the officers are law onto themselves.

A solid mystery novel. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of, but as the mystery wraps up at the end, you feel like everything made sense.

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Aug 27, Mal Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: Church’s natural details are amazing, his writing is both polished and crisp, and his story is superbly well-crafted I can imagine the idea for Inspector O slowly evolving and being worked and turned and rolled-over in Church’s creative pocket like an odd, but beautiful piece of dark persimmon wood. And there seems to be an uneasy connection between Kang and Pak.


October 17, Sold by: Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Corpse In The Koryo Set in North Korea, this is probably a ‘first’ to portray a very enigmatic police inspector in a very enigmatic country. As usual with the better mystery novels, it’s not so much the crime as the investigator who makes or breaks the story. O’s maneuvering through this murk and carnage — as well as the occasional knock-out blow is quite engaging, but there’s a bit too much reliance on greater powers that be and ultimately not quite enough excitement.

Ultimately, it might have been a little too sparse or maybe I am just a little slow. O is an outlier but Pak is able to gently keep him in line. Robert Janes’ series set in occupied France and costarring Gestapo detective Kohler are inevitable, but there is also a little of Martin Cruz Smith’s early Arkady Renko novels here.

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.

Slow build up to a great finish! Though I found lots of potential to like, I think James Church a pseudo name for an actual North Korean spy could have done so much more to introduce this character and develop his mystery.

A Corpse in the Koryo

English Choose a language for shopping. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate. But that was one of my big problems. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

I randomly came across this book in the local library. Government, police protection, buildings, cars, roads, appliances, telephones — whatever: That said, I’m not entirely sure that the actual plo I agree with the general sentiments of most of the hte on here.

There are quite a few reasons that this shouldn’t be a winner, not least that the plotlines equivocate and cross themselves, while the reader is left with twelve shaggy-dog threads to tie together in the end. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I didn’t even get much of a sense of “asia-ness” about it.


Clever in the sense that the book is well written in a sparse but elegant style; puzzling in that the plot is very complex. A highlight in my collection of detective novels with protagonists who are morally ambivalent participants in repressive regimes–in this case, the detective is an investigator for North Korean state security called up on to handle a death in one of Pyongyang’s few hotels for foreigners.

I found the back and forth between interrogating and first person narrative a bit confusing also. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation.

It is the manner and substance of his nightly killings. I agree with the general sentiments of most of the reviews on here. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Both the body in the hotel, the curious case of the stolen moryo, escape into China and the powerful but nonetheless criminal military figures all come together so that only in the last few pages do we learn the answers.

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. Richard Connell Narrated by: The ooryo bounced off him in a thousand directions.

Unsure if I would read more of these book or not, though the North Korean aspect still intrigues me. 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. In a normal mystery or police procedural, I’d wonder what okryo heck was going on with the plot here: