Inspector O

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 86 ratings

A Corpse in the Koryo Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©2006 James Church (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Corpse in the Koryo

    • The Inspector O Novels, Book 1
    • By: James Church
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Raymond Chandler meets Franz Kafka in N. Korea

    • By Darwin8u on 10-20-12

    Regular price: $18.16

  • Book 2

    • Hidden Moon

    • An Inspector O Novel
    • By: James Church
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The butterflies, they don't flap their wings

    • By Darwin8u on 10-24-12

    Regular price: $18.80

  • Book 3

    • Bamboo and Blood

    • The Inspector O Novels, Book 3
    • By: James Church
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hard-Boiled, Koryŏ Noir Flop

    • By Darwin8u on 05-21-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • The Man with the Baltic Stare

    • An Inspector O Novel, Book 4
    • By: James Church
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Redeemed Backslider Returns to CHURCH.

    • By Darwin8u on 05-23-13

    Regular price: $18.16

  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • The Gentleman from Japan

    • The Inspector O Novels, Book 6
    • By: James Church
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insepector O rides again!

    • By southieshamrock on 01-13-17

    Regular price: $24.47