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Star of the North

(2018)
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"A thrilling tale of abduction and escape in North Korea....highly entertaining." - The Washington Post

A propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely alliance


Star of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her--including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime. Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Brims with marvellous characters and delivers heart-in-your-throat action." - Steve Berry

"Extraordinary...smart, sophisticated, suspenseful - and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North." - Lee Child

"The timeliest thriller of 2018. An intricately constructed puzzle box of spies and tradecraft that plunges the reader on a cyanide-laced sprint through North Korea." - Matthew FitzSimmons

"A superior thriller…steeped in the intrigue, culture and family of a closed regime." - Andrew Gross

"Tense and compelling." - James Swallow


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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : Hardback
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Title: Star of the North: An explosive thriller set in North Korea
Author(s): D B John
ISBN: 1-78730-047-1 / 978-1-78730-047-7
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Title: Star of the North: A Novel
Author(s): D B John
ISBN: 0-525-57329-1 / 978-0-525-57329-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Star of the North
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ISBN: 1-78470-818-6 / 978-1-78470-818-4 (UK edition)
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Title: Star of the North: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-525-57385-2 / 978-0-525-57385-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Star of the North Mr Exp
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May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Star of the North: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
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ISBN: 0-525-63478-9 / 978-0-525-63478-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Star of the North
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Title: Star of the North: A Novel
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Title: Star of the North: A Novel
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Title: Star of the North: An explosive thriller set in North Korea
Author(s): D B John
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