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A Corpse in the Koryo

(2006)
(The first book in the Inspector O series)
A novel by

 
 
"On the surface, A Corpse in the Koryo is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the end."
---Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post

One of Publishers Weekly Top 100 Books of 2006
One of Booklist's Best Genre Fiction of 2006
One of the Chicago Tribune's best mystery/thrillers of 2006

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 decade's-old kidnappings and murders---and Inspector O discovers too late 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. “. . . an outstanding crime novel. . . . a not-to-be-missed reading experience. ”
---Library Journal (starred)

“Inspector O is completely believable and sympathetic . . . The writing is superb, too . . . richly layered and visually evocative.”
---Booklist (starred)

“. . . an impressive debut that calls to mind such mystery thrillers as Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park. . . .”
---Publishers Weekly (starred)

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for James Church's A Corpse in the Koryo

Hardback Editions

October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 0-312-35208-5 / 978-0-312-35208-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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January 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 0-7862-9213-X / 978-0-7862-9213-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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Paperback Editions

September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo: An Inspector O Novel (Inspector O Novels)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 0-312-37431-3 / 978-0-312-37431-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9031-4 / 978-1-4417-9031-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo: Library Edition (Inspector O)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9029-2 / 978-1-4417-9029-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
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June 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Corpse In The Koryo: Library Edition (Inspector O)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9030-6 / 978-1-4417-9030-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo: Library Edition (Inspector O)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9032-2 / 978-1-4417-9032-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
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May 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo: The Inspector O Novels, Book 1
Author(s): James Church
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo: The Inspector O Novels, Book 1
Author(s): James Church
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Corpse in the Koryo: An Inspector O Novel (Inspector O Novels Book 1)
Author(s): James Church
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA