By James Church
The seriously acclaimed A Corpse within the Koryo brought readers into the enigmatic workings of North Korean intelligence with the advent of a brand new type of detective---the mysterious Inspector O. within the follow-up, Hidden Moon, O threaded his approach during the minefield of North Korean ministries right into a greater conspiracy he used to be by no means imagined to touch.
Now the inspector returns . . .
In the wintry weather of 1997, attempting to remain alive in the course of a famine that has devastated a lot of North Korea, Inspector O is ordered to play host to an Israeli agent who appears to be like in Pyongyang. whilst the spouse of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan dies below suspicious situations, O is informed to enquire, with a curious proviso: do not glance too heavily on the info, and steer clear of the query of missiles. O understands he cannot keep away from checking out what he's presupposed to forget about on a path that leads him from the darkish, cold rooms of Pyongyang to an deserted mystery facility deep within the geographical region, guarded through a lonely normal; and from the streets of latest York to a bench underneath a horse chestnut tree at the shorelines of Lake Geneva, the place the Inspector discovers he's as much as his ears in missiles---and worse. Stalked by way of the prior and cautious of the longer term, O is confident there is not any one he can belief, and not anyone he cannot suspect. Swiss intelligence wishes him abroad; another individual wishes him dead.
Once back, James Church's spare, lyrical prose courses readers via an surprising panorama of whispered phrases and shadows, an international wrapped in a degree of poser and complexity that few outsiders have skilled. With Inspector O, noir has a brand new domestic in North Korea, and James Church holds the keys.