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The Gentleman from Japan: Inspector O Series, Book 6
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James Church, a former Western intelligence officer, returns to the secret world of North Korean intelligence with another "crackling good" (The Washington Post) story in his critically acclaimed Inspector O series.
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. An old friend recruits Inspector O to assist in the complex operation designed to disrupt the plans for shipping the machine.
Carefully planted bits of information and bizarre events have led both the Spanish factory and those trying to intercept the machine to conclude that Japanese criminal organizations are involved in buying and transporting the "dumpling" machine in order to hide the involvement of North Korea. A flurry of murders puts the focus on the northeast Chinese city of Yanji, near the border with North Korea, where O's nephew Major Bing is the Chief of State Security. Bing has his own problems dealing with a corrupt local mayor who is out for his head, coping with a new deputy who cannot be trusted, and figuring out why a Chinese gangster he's worked for years to chase away has suddenly returned.
Church— hailed as "the equal of le Carré" by Publishers Weekly — takes O deep into a maze of cracked mirrors that hide the exits from an elaborate, deadly double blind in his most elaborate mystery yet, The Gentleman from Japan.

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James Church, a former Western intelligence officer, returns to the secret world of North Korean intelligence with another "crackling good" (The Washington Post) story in his critically acclaimed Inspector O series.
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. An old friend recruits Inspector O to assist in the complex operation designed to disrupt the plans for shipping the machine.
Carefully planted bits of information and bizarre events have led both the Spanish factory and those trying to intercept the machine to conclude that Japanese criminal organizations are involved in buying and transporting the "dumpling" machine in order to hide the involvement of North Korea. A flurry of murders puts the focus on the northeast Chinese city of Yanji, near the border with North Korea, where O's nephew Major Bing is the Chief of State Security. Bing has his own problems dealing with a corrupt local mayor who is out for his head, coping with a new deputy who cannot be trusted, and figuring out why a Chinese gangster he's worked for years to chase away has suddenly returned.
Church— hailed as "the equal of le Carré" by Publishers Weekly — takes O deep into a maze of cracked mirrors that hide the exits from an elaborate, deadly double blind in his most elaborate mystery yet, The Gentleman from Japan.

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        "Inspector O is a complex, nuanced figure who understands that the regime he serves is corrupt, brutal and mendacious, but he remains loyal.... I think many North Korean officials today are an echo of the conflicted nationalist Inspector O."

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      • source: Michael Madden, Founder and Editor of North Korea Leadership Watch
      • content: "If you want to understand North Korea then you need to read Inspector O."
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      • content: "The sixth outing for Church's wise inspector creates an intriguing synergy, with many insights into international culture and a complex plot"
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      • content: "The deeper you get into The Gentleman From Japan, the more educated you become about the dark complexities of international relations, and the more indebted you are to Church for creating a series that stands out as winningly as this one."
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      • source: The Wall Street Journal on A Drop of Chinese Blood
      • content: "Like Marlowe and Spade before him, Inspector O navigates the shadows and, every now and then, finds truth in the half-light."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly, starred review on A Drop of Chinese Blood
      • content: "Stellar... An intricate plot that ranks as one of Church's best... A satirical look at paranoid intelligence structures and the snappy, irreverent narration add to the fun."
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        Starred review from October 10, 2016
        A complex mystery involving seven deaths in one night kicks off Church’s excellent sixth novel featuring enigmatic North Korean intelligence operative Inspector O (after 2012’s A Drop of Chinese Blood). O has been living in exile in Yanji, China, with his cynical nephew, Major Bing, who heads that city’s office of the Ministry of State Security. Bing doesn’t want any part in the investigation of the unexplained deaths of three elderly men at a noodle shop, two prostitutes behind a dim sum joint, a female tourist in a new Mongolian tearoom, and a well-dressed man in an upscale hotel restaurant. Contrary to Bing’s wishes, police reports of the eatery-related fatalities have reached his ministry’s headquarters in Beijing, forcing him to take a role. Bing must also fend off Yanji’s corrupt mayor, who hopes to use Bing’s failure to solve the case to get rid of him. Some unexpected turns lead to O taking part in an operation in Europe. The pseudonymous Church, himself a former spy, makes all the plot developments chillingly plausible.

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        October 1, 2016
        A Chinese State Security officer follows a tantalizing trail to neutralize a devastating menace.The town of Yanji is hit with a bizarre rash of noodle shop poisonings, seven in one day. To Maj. Bing Zong-yuan, the eloquent narrator, its a clear if bizarre case of multiple murders. But the mayor, whos recently gotten an earful from Beijing, is convinced that this is an act of terrorism and presses the unflappable Bing to investigate. He dutifully visits the restaurants and consults his uncle, the legendary retired Inspector O (A Drop of Chinese Blood, 2012, etc.), who now has his own detective agency just across the border in North Korea. Indeed, O is two steps ahead of his nephew with news that a dangerous ex-triad chief known as Mike is back in the city and that the blonde wife of the owner of a huge local manufacturing plant was one of the victims. After learning Mikes recent whereabouts, Bing follows up on his instinct about Beijing bigwigs by visiting the houses of prostitution on Dooran Street, where the tea is regularly spilled. Meanwhile, in his subtle way, Inspector O continues to ferret out significant evidence, like a Portuguese connection to the crimes, while Bings contact takes him to Barcelona. Layer upon worldwide layer must be unpeeled to reach the solution. The sixth outing for Churchs wise inspector creates an intriguing synergy, with many insights into international culture and a complex plot.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        November 15, 2016
        Inspector O and his nephew Major Bing, last seen in A Drop of Chinese Blood (2012), are still living together in a remote city in far-northeast China near the North Korean border. And they're still getting on each other's nerves. Bing, in charge of the local Ministry of State Security headquarters, is perplexed by the deaths of seven people in local noodle shops and some other unlikely events. O has abandoned being a private eye because profit leads to corruption. He's at loose ends until he meets an old colleague, Luis, a Chinese-Portuguese cop from Macao who asks him to travel to Portugal. As always, O isn't told exactly what is going on, but he is sure that Luis is representing Beijing and that it has something to do with a machine and a major shift from noodles to dumplings. In Lisbon, and then Barcelona, everyone O encounters seems to be a spook, and they all seem to know more than he does. But O abides, and fans of this fascinating series won't be disappointed.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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