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A Corpse in the Koryo: Inspector O Series, Book 1
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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.

These seen 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.

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James Church. (2011). A Corpse in the Koryo: Inspector O Series, Book 1. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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James Church. 2011. A Corpse in the Koryo: Inspector O Series, Book 1. Blackstone Publishing.

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James Church, A Corpse in the Koryo: Inspector O Series, Book 1. Blackstone Publishing, 2011.

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James Church. A Corpse in the Koryo: Inspector O Series, Book 1. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2011.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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