Inspector O
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  • 1
    A Corpse in the Koryo: The Inspector O Novels, Book 1 | James Church

    A Corpse in the Koryo: The Inspector O Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Church
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
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    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 decades-old kidnappings and murders—and Inspector O discovers too late that he has been sent into the chaos.

    Raymond Chandler meets Franz Kafka in N. Korea

    An amazing and ambitious first novel. Think of it as Raymond Chandler gets hardboiled and eaten cold by a North Korean bureaucracy where the good guy..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 20 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 2
    Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel | James Church

    Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Church
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In A Corpse in the Koryo, James Church introduced readers to one of the most unique detectives to appear in print in years—the elusive Inspector O. The stunning mystery was named one of the best mystery/thrillers of 2006 by the Chicago Tribune for its beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a terrain Church knows by heart.

    And now the inspector is back.

    The butterflies, they don't flap their wings

    Church's second Inspector O novel struck gold with its dialogue and textured setting, was hit-and-miss with its characters, and was only so-so in deve..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 24 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 3
    Bamboo and Blood: The Inspector O Novels, Book 3 | James Church

    Bamboo and Blood: The Inspector O Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Church
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The critically acclaimed A Corpse in the Koryo brought readers into the enigmatic workings of North Korean intelligence with the introduction of a new kind of detective—the mysterious Inspector O. In the follow-up, Hidden Moon, O threaded his way through the minefield of North Korean ministries into a larger conspiracy he was never supposed to touch.

    Hard-Boiled, Koryŏ Noir Flop

    James Church's third Inspector O novel just doesn't quite deliver the goods. It starts out fine, blending hard-boiled noir (Hammett/Chandler) with int..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 21 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 4
    The Man with the Baltic Stare: An Inspector O Novel, Book 4 | James Church

    The Man with the Baltic Stare: An Inspector O Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Church
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (4)
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    (4)
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    Autumn brings unwelcome news to Inspector O: he has been wrenched from retirement and ordered back to Pyongyang for a final assignment. The two Koreas, he learns, are now cooperating—very quietly—to maintain stability in the North. Stability requires that Inspector O lead an investigation into a crime of passion committed by the young man who has been selected as the best possible leader of a transition government.

    Redeemed Backslider Returns to CHURCH.

    Church FINALLY fixed his pacing problem with 'the Man with the Baltic Stare'. This novel was a lot better than 'Bamboo and Blood'. It may even be bett..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 23 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
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  • 6
    The Gentleman from Japan: The Inspector O Novels, Book 6 | James Church

    The Gentleman from Japan: The Inspector O Novels, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Church
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
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    Under the guise of machinery for making dumplings, a Spanish factory near Barcelona is secretly producing a key component in the production of nuclear weapons. When information finds its way to the inboxes of Western intelligence agencies that this "dumpling maker" is meant for North Korea, orders go out that the shipment must be stopped. Either the machine must be disabled while still in the factory, or the transportation route must be discovered so the equipment can be intercepted before it reaches its destination.

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