A Corpse in the Koryo
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: May 2011
Duration: 9 hours 6 minutes
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 decadesold 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.
"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."—Newt Gingrich