Bamboo and Blood

An Inspector O Novel

Inspector O Novels (Volume 3)

James Church

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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The critically acclaimed A Corpse in the Koryo brought readers into the enigmatic workings of North Korean intelligence with the introduction of a new kind of detective---the mysterious Inspector O. In the follow-up, Hidden Moon, O threaded his way through the minefield of North Korean ministries into a larger conspiracy he was never supposed to touch.

Now the inspector returns . . .

In the winter of 1997, trying to stay alive during a famine that has devastated much of North Korea, Inspector O is ordered to play host to an Israeli agent who appears in Pyongyang. When the wife of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan dies under suspicious circumstances, O is told to investigate, with a curious proviso: Don’t look too closely at the details, and stay away from the question of missiles. O knows he can’t avoid finding out what he is supposed to ignore on a trail that leads him from the dark, chilly rooms of Pyongyang to an abandoned secret facility deep in the countryside, guarded by a lonely general; and from the streets of New York to a bench beneath a horse chestnut tree on the shores of Lake Geneva, where the Inspector discovers he is up to his ears in missiles---and worse. Stalked by the past and wary of the future, O is convinced there is no one he can trust, and no one he can’t suspect. Swiss intelligence wants him out of the country; someone else wants him dead.

Once again, James Church’s spare, lyrical prose guides readers through an unfamiliar landscape of whispered words and shadows, a world wrapped in a level of mystery and complexity that few outsiders have experienced. With Inspector O, noir has a new home in North Korea, and James Church holds the keys.

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JAMES CHURCH (a pseudonym) is a former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia.

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Bamboo and Blood
An Inspector O Novel
James Church

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9780312601294
ISBN10: 0312601298
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$16.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429947671
ISBN10: 1429947675
304 pages
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