By James Church
"On the outside, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling sturdy 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 top style Fiction of 2006One of the Chicago Tribune's most sensible mystery/thrillers of 2006 Sit on a quiet hillside at sunrise one of the wildflowers; take an image of a vehicle arising a abandoned road from the south. basic orders for Inspector O, till he realizes they've got led him some distance, faraway his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and loss of life. North Korea's leaders are wanting to search out and get rid of someone who is aware an excessive amount of a couple of sequence of decade's-old kidnappings and murders---and Inspector O discovers too overdue he has been despatched into the chaos. it is a global the place not anything works because it may still, the place the crimes of the prior hang-out the current, and the place even the shadows are actual. writer James Church weaves a narrative with fantastically spare prose and layered descriptions of a rustic and a humans he is aware by way of center after a long time 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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I don't know. " "I thought so. His neck is too thick. " Pak held up his hand. " "I don't like this operation. Kim I don't like. Kang I really don't like. You notice? He never changes expression. " We were both silent for a moment. " Pak's chair squeaked as he swiveled around to face the window. He slumped and put the tips of the fingers of both hands together, making small diamonds for the sunlight to shine through. " Pak pretended to ignore me, which meant I was right. "I don't suppose anyone checked.
Walnut is different. My grandfather used to tell me that walnut couldn't give a damn. If you were going to match wits with walnut, he'd say, you'd better be serious. "Pyongyang is getting too bourgeois. The traffic ladies won't even let you ride across the street. " Pak ran his hand through his hair, a nervous habit he developed after his son died a year ago in a military training accident near the front. Pak was going gray, though he wasn't that much older than I was, maybe five or six years. His hair was too long for a chief inspector.
We rarely get a Central Committee visitor to our small office. " Kang smiled in return, not to be friendly but to show me his teeth. He had on civilian clothes. 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.