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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 a deadly double-blind in his most elaborate mystery yet.
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By southieshamrock on 01-13-17
Insepector O rides again!
Great Read. Part of a series, so it helpful to have read the rest.
James Church weaves another great spy story. The story has a few twists and turns that rely on the readers pre-conceived notions about North Korea. Through "O" Church tries to show the reader the big picture on the Korean Peninsula and China.