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A Corpse in the Koryo by James  Church
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Jan 09, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, north-korea, police-law-investigation
Read from January 09 to February 26, 2012

I started this book thinking it going to be like Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels. The tough cynical bloody minded investigator doing whatever it takes to solve the crime and damn the consequences. This had some of these qualities. The author did place a lot of emphasis on setting up the protagonist (Inspector O) and building a strong sense of life in North Korea. Not that I would know anything about the country to gainsay it. These elements I did like quite a bit.

My main hangup is the murder in the Koryo hotel, clearly indicated by the title to be the main point, was regarded as almost peripheral. This was not even introduced until halfway through. Perhaps this was intentional as this is the first in a series, but still....

On the whole I wanted to like this more that I did.

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