Among the stack, I saw A Corpse in the Koryo and the title made me give it a second glance. The plot ticks away as more One of my coworkers is married to an editor for St. The plot ticks away as more characters are introduced, more information revealed, and more twists occur. I liked the main character, Inspector O - I enjoyed his cynicism and straightforwardness, along with his lack of interest in toeing the party line. He has a dry sense of humor and an interesting outlook on life informed by both his culture and his personal experience.

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Tobias Gohlis From the Reviews: "Church Their vignettes make a compelling side narrative to the main tale, but the best feature of the book is how it builds, brick by dirty gray brick, a portrait of North Korean society that feels far more real than any debriefing. For all its originality and beguiling observation, A Corpse in the Koryo has the air of having been finished in a hurry. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. O had a famous grandfather, who raised him, and is unmarried and in his mid-fifties; he works in the capital of Pyongyang. Unfortunately, however, there are others interested in his assignment, as he finds a Captain Kim "from joint headquarters" and "Deputy Director Kang from the Investigations Department" waiting for him along with his boss, Chief Inspector Pak, when he gets back from his failed mission.

The story is, in fact, largely presented in terms of a sort of flashback, as there are also chapters set in Prague, where O is briefing an Irishman, a Western secret agent, about what happened; why he is doing so only becomes clear at the end, but some of what happens is revealed early on -- like the fact that Kang ended up dead.

O moves in the murky waters that is North Korean life, where there is little privacy -- his apartment has frequently been searched, telephone calls are routinely listened in on, etc. Kang, in particular, keeps crossing his path. Sent north, near to the Chinese border, O finds himself in considerably more lawless territory -- and in the middle of a big and dangerous mess. Church plays with North Korean secrecy quite well, but the opacity of it all can get quite tiresome, especially when there are so many chance or not quite chance encounters with people who know just a little more than O does.

It is also is a bit hard to credit that quite so much carnage -- the bodycount here is pretty high -- can pass quite this unremarked upon by the general population or that the carnage can be quite so quickly tidied up.

Quite well written, and suggesting some of what life in North Korea might be like, A Corpse in the Koryo is a decent mystery, but a bit on the dull side. Orthofer, 14 April


A Corpse in the Koryo

Mora Once for affirmative, twice for a negative. That seems damn near unforgivable in a novel which uses its setting as its primary selling point. Maybe part of the story is beneath the veneer of the DPRK — for instance, phones exist but information seems to travel quickly by other methods. I will read more. Kkoryo split second later, I heard a bird cry and then the sound of its wings beating against the grass as it rose into the sky. Among the stack, I saw A Joryo in copse Koryo and the title made me give it a second glance. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.





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