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Hidden Moon by James Church
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Nov 05, 10

bookshelves: fiction, library-book, police-procedural, literary-fiction
Read in August, 2008

This is the second Inspector O book. These books are so odd. The plot is not a straight-forward murder investigation; it's wrapped up in the politics of North Korea. Very interesting. The author (who uses a pseudonym) used to be some sort of covert agent in North Korea so the details and the atmosphere of the novel ring true. It's a very bleak and joyless place, Pyongyang, North Korea. Inspector O doesn't seem to get paid very often and when he eats his noodle soup at this diner, the owner doesn't expect payment because no one seems to have any money. Very odd. How does she buy noodles to sell then? Maybe they work more on a barter system. This is not a casual, brain candy book. It's difficult reading, not because it is boring, but because you really have to pay attention. A lot of things are going on and you have to be on your toes to keep track of it all. Inspector O, for all of his hardships, has a certain wry sense of humor about his life and the way politics affect his life/career (usually negatively). Highly recommend if you want some challenge to your reading.
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