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Inspector O Novels

James Church introduces readers to one of the most unique detectives to appear on page in years---the elusive Inspector O. This mystery series brings readers into the enigmatic world of North Korea, as Inspector O finds himself tangled in conspiracies and cover-ups. The series includes the novels A Corpse in the Koryo, Hidden Moon, Bamboo and Blood, and The Man with the Baltic Stare.

"A Corpse in the Koryo is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the end."--Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post 

Books in this Series

The Gentleman from Japan
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The Gentleman from Japan

Inspector O Novels (Volume 6)
James Church
St. Martin's Press

James Church, a former Western intelligence officer, returns to the secret world of North Korean intelligence with another “crackling good” (The Washington Post) story in his critically...

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A Drop of Chinese Blood
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A Drop of Chinese Blood

Inspector O Novels (Volume 5)
James Church
St. Martin's Press

James Church's Inspector O novels have been hailed as "crackling good" (The Washington Post) and "tremendously clever" (Tampa Tribune), while Church himself has been embraced by critics...

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The Man with the Baltic Stare
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The Man with the Baltic Stare

Inspector O Novels (Volume 4)
James Church
St. Martin's Press

The mysterious Inspector O is once again drawn into a web of concessions and cover-ups in the newest mystery from critically acclaimed author James Church.

Autumn brings unwelcome news...

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Bamboo and Blood
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Bamboo and Blood

Inspector O Novels (Volume 3)
James Church
St. Martin's Press

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...

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Hidden Moon
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Hidden Moon

Inspector O Novels (Volume 2)
James Church
St. Martin's Press

"Hidden Moon reads more like a spy novel by a Korean Kafka. Final word: Fascinating." —Rocky Mountain News

In A Corpse in the Koryo, James Church introduced readers...

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A Corpse in the Koryo
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A Corpse in the Koryo

Inspector O Novels (Volume 1)
James Church
St. Martin's Press

"On the surface, A Corpse in the Koryo is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the end."
---Glenn Kessler,...

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About the author

James Church

JAMES CHURCH (pseudonym) is a former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia. He has wandered through Korea for years. No matter what hat he wore, Church says, he ran across Inspector O many times.

Photo: Peter Kolk

James Church