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"On the skin, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling stable secret novel, jam-packed with strange characters serious about 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 top mystery/thrillers of 2006 Sit on a quiet hillside at sunrise one of the wildflowers; take an image of a automobile bobbing up a abandoned road from the south.          uncomplicated orders for Inspector O, until eventually he realizes they've got led him a ways, far flung his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and dying. North Korea's leaders are desirous to search out and cast off somebody who understands an excessive amount of a few 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 earlier 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 familiar with via middle after many years as an intelligence officer.  ". . . a good crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed examining event. " ---Library magazine (starred) "Inspector O is totally plausible and sympathetic . . . The writing is excellent, 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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His trousers were a little too long and wrinkled; the white shirt, open necked, looked like it was worn for a week at a time. His belt and his shoes were from overseas. Carefully chosen, not too stylish. The shoes were nicely scuffed, almost in deliberate counterpoint to Kim's boots. "I asked a question," he said evenly. " Captain Kim broke in. "Who did? " This caught my attention. I had assumed the two of them were cooperating, until Kim interrupted. Even in a session as informal as this, interrupting threw off the rhythm.

Finally, he turned his head and nodded for me to sit. " This was unexpected. People like Kang don't usually explain themselves. "Glad you did," I said, and slid onto the bench opposite him. " Kang looked at his hands. He was older than I was, and senior. I needed a touch more deference. I hadn't shown any during our first meeting this morning; it wouldn't hurt my case to throw in a little now. "I'm sorry, traffic can be a problem. Used to be, we could zip anywhere we wanted. Just hop in the car, pick any lane, and there you were.

You just lost a point, I thought, whether you know it or not. " His Russian was so bad I was getting annoyed. "Silence is like running over the referee. Be careful, you might do it once too often. " Not a lot of noise, suddenly, except for a bus in the distance and a bicycle bell ringing nearby. " He was speaking carefully. "We hadn't heard. " "Not likely. " I walked over and put my finger between those red eyebrows. He looked up, daring me to leave my finger where it was. I shook my head, but I didn't move away.

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