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Hidden Moon

(2007)
(The second book in the Inspector O series)
A novel by

 
 
In A Corpse in the Koryo, James Church introduced readers to one of the most unique detectives to appear on page 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.

In Hidden Moon, Inspector O returns from a mission abroad to find his new police commander waiting at his office door. There has been a bank robbery---the first ever in Pyongyang---and the commander demands action, and quickly. But is this urgency for real? Somewhere, someone in the North Korean leadership doesn't want Inspector O to complete his investigation. And why not? What if the robbery leads to the highest levels of the regime? What if power, not a need for cash, is the real reason behind the heist at the Gold Star Bank?

Given a choice, this isn't a trail a detective in the Pyongyang police would want to follow all the way to the end, even a trail marked with monogrammed silk stockings. “I'm not sure I know where the bank is,” is O's laconic observation as the warning bells go off in his head. A Scottish policeman sent to provide security for a visiting British official, a sultry Kazakh bank manager, and a mournful fellow detective all combine to put O in the middle of a spiderweb of conspiracies that becomes more tangled, and dangerous, the more he pulls on the threads.

Once again, as he did in A Corpse in the Koryo, James Church opens a window onto a society where nothing is quite as it seems. The story serves as the reader's flashlight, illuminating a place that outsiders imagine is always dark and too far away to know. Church's descriptions of the country and its people are spare and starkly beautiful; the dialogue is lean, every thought weighed and measured before it is spoken. Not a word is wasted, because in this place no one can afford to be misunderstood.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for James Church's Hidden Moon

Hardback Editions

February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4104-0430-7 / 978-1-4104-0430-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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October 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 0-312-35209-3 / 978-0-312-35209-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 0-312-38766-0 / 978-0-312-38766-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

August 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hidden Moon (Inspector O Novels, Book 2)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9220-1 / 978-1-4417-9220-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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July 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Hidden Moon, Library Edition (Inspector O Novels, Book 2)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9218-X / 978-1-4417-9218-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hidden Moon, Library Edition (Inspector O Novels, Book 2)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9219-8 / 978-1-4417-9219-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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July 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel (Inspector O Novels, Book 2)
Author(s): James Church
ISBN: 1-4417-9221-X / 978-1-4417-9221-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel
Author(s): James Church
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel
Author(s): James Church
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2007 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hidden Moon: An Inspector O Novel (Inspector O Novels Book 2)
Author(s): James Church
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU