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A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels) (edição: 2007)

de James Church

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"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 spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)
Autores:James Church
Informação:St. Martin's Minotaur (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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I am not sure about this book. I thought it was going to be your typical murder mystery, but it was not. It takes place in North Korea so there is a storyline about the Military Police, Investigation Bureau and a network of citizens. There is a murder but that is not really the story. Inspector O is sent to a hillside to take a picture of a vehicle. The camera has dead batteries so he does not get the picture. He is sent up north but he is not sure why. He meets up with Kang, and his network. He is threatened by Military Police, then gets a frantic message to get pack to Pyongyang. He is assigned the "Murder at the Koryo" which has very few leads. Pak, his boss does not want him to follow the leads he stumbles across. It is all very difficult to follow at times, but did hold my interest. I was not happy with the ending, but it did seem to fit well with everything else that happened. I will read the next Inspector O series to see if it is more what I enjoy reading before I put him on the shelf. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
I have to admit, I never entirely got caught up in the plot, which was a little bit confusing and convoluted. But I thought Church did a great job with atmosphere and scene-setting (it helps that I've been completely obsessed with North Korea ever since I read Nothing to Envy) and I thought Inspector O was a great character. I will definitely be checking out more books in this series. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
read a while back ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
A Corpse in the Koryo is the first book in the Inspector O series. Inspector O is a North Korean police officer silently railing against the system, yet forced to do just enough to keep himself out of a prison camp. Inspector O is first sent on a mysterious job where he is told to photograph a car coming out of a tunnel, when and if that car ever appears. Fast forward to the discovery of an unidentified man with false Finnish identification papers, found at the Koryo, the main luxury hotel in Pyongyang. Every intelligence agency seems interested in this man. Inspector O never knows who he can trust but he's pretty sure he can trust no one. The story is told in alternating chapters of Inspector O's investigation and thoughts and an ongoing conversation between Inspector O and Western intelligence agent, Richie Molloy.

I thought I would like this book more than I actually did. I was interested in reading a mystery set in North Korea. I really did enjoy the wit of Inspector O. He's a rebel who often “forgets” to wear his Leader pin and he's been known to leave notes for the Secret Police to “be neater” next time they ransack his room. His now-deceased grandfather provides an interesting back story about the inspector as a boy.

The negatives of the book include a messy and complicated plot that seemed redundant in many places. It's not a traditional mystery but more of an espionage novel. A Corpse in the Koryo was a very complex novel to grasp but I enjoyed the character enough to commit to one more book in the series. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
Novel set in North Korea, and follows a convoluted trail to the eventual end. Not sure if this was the author's way to portray North Korea, or just the style of writing. Probably won't read this author again. ( )
  Pmaurer | Apr 20, 2017 |
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"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 spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer."--BOOK JACKET.

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