Sit on a quiet hillside at dawn among the wildflowers; take a picture of a car coming up a deserted highway from the south.
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.
“James Church does a better job of describing the isolated, impoverished, corrupt, and out-of-touch life in the North than anything I have seen.” (Newt Gingrich)
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Raymond Chandler meets Franz Kafka in N. Korea
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Serious drama done as zany madcap caper
I've read all of James Church's books and will continue to do so and I imagine there are many books that Feodor Chin would be very good at narrating, Jeeves stories come to mind. He has a very optimistic and bright voice, which is great until you start doing the voice of a serious to the point of solemn inspector in a prison of a country surrounded by starving people. Church is a great author and Chin seems like a good narrator, but whoever matched these two up needs to find another line of work.
Sorry, I wouldn't be so upset if I didn't like the Inspector O novels so much. This is the worst matched narration since somebody decided they should do Easy Rawlins with an effeminate voice.
Hearing the narrators voice for the first time.
Remind him that this is not a feel good buddy story.
I never read or listen to abridgements.
I think these novels are good enough that they should be done over by someone like Frank Muller.
- Robert A. Church