By James Church
"On the outside, A Corpse within the Koryo is a crackling solid secret novel, full of strange characters taken with 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 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 automobile bobbing up a abandoned street from the south. easy orders for Inspector O, till he realizes they've got led him some distance, remote his department's turf and right into a maelstrom of betrayal and demise. North Korea's leaders are eager 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 previous 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 understands via middle after many years as an intelligence officer. ". . . an exceptional crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed examining 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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I left the dials alone. A better signal would only invite more noise. Anyway, no response was necessary. Nothing was happening, and I was already convinced nothing would happen. If a car hadn't appeared by now, it would never show up. I sat back to watch the third row of hills take shape, a dark ink wash against the barely light western horizon. The contours were smooth, not earth and rock but the silhouette of a woman lying on her side. Up the road, smoke curled toward the touch of morning. Probably from the village that worked the fields spread out below me.
My voice got an edge to it sometimes when it shouldn't, and this was one of those times. I put both hands on Pak's desk and leaned toward the two strangers, moving slowly, deliberately. It was either insubordinate or rude, I didn't care which. Kim's face darkened even more. He wanted a sign of deference, maybe a touch of fear, something to show I acknowledged his status, but I wasn't in the mood to be deferential. Kang was almost the opposite: He didn't seem to care. He didn't change expression; his eyes followed me like a bear watching a rabbit.
Before I could reply, Pak took my elbow and walked me to the door. " I recognized the tone of voice. It was like the tip of a whip being dragged slowly back along the floor, just before it cracked through the air. A certain type of party official used that tone. Not mean, but quick and always decisive. " Pak shut his eyes. He did that when he was embarrassed. Whether he was willing himself into an incorporeal state or hoping I might disappear if he could no longer see me was never clear. The man in the chair shifted his weight and stretched his legs, seemingly unhurried and at ease, but watching me the whole time.