By James Church
"On the skin, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling solid secret novel, full of strange characters occupied with a posh 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 vehicle arising a abandoned street from the south. basic orders for Inspector O, till 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 wanting to seek out and get rid of a person who is aware an excessive amount of a couple of sequence of decade's-old kidnappings and murders---and Inspector O discovers too past due he has been despatched into the chaos. this can be a global the place not anything works because it may still, the place the crimes of the earlier hang-out the current, and the place even the shadows are actual. 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 many years as an intelligence officer. ". . . a very good crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed interpreting adventure. " ---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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Two personnel dossiers lay open on his desk. One of them was mine, with an old picture of me stapled in the corner. I had a frown on my face. I drank too much in those days, and bright lights gave me a headache. I always frowned in front of cameras, waiting for the flash. '" I couldn't see Pak's face, but I knew his eyes were closed. He was wishing he was somewhere else. " I ignored the question. "Visitors? Visitors are meek. They murmur soft compliments. Those two weren't visitors. Those were aliens.
Yeah, I know the rules, but I'm in a hurry. " She pointed to the corner. " I didn't figure she would back down, but I wanted to see her smile. She didn't smile, not even close. " Someone guffawed in the crowd that was forming. " She looked me straight in the eye. " This provoked another guffaw. One old woman put her hand over her mouth. " My shirt was soaked with sweat when I emerged from the stairs on the other side. Still no cars. It did not improve my mood when I saw that the traffic lady had moved out of the sun into the shade.
I turned away from the window. " This, too, was typical of Pak. For no reason I could see, he would get mad, then cool off quickly and focus back on the main problem. " I was sure no one could have seen me from the road. I had been on a small rise, with another hill behind me. Anyone who looked up from the highway would have focused on the crest of the hill. People did that. You could send a marching band along the flank of a hill and no one would notice. They always eyed the line where earth and sky met.