Bamboo and Blood: An Inspector O Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 25, 2008 - Fiction - 294 pages
23 Reviews

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: Donít look too closely at the details, and stay away from the question of missiles. O knows he canít 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 canít suspect. Swiss intelligence wants him out of the country; someone else wants him dead.

Once again, James Churchís 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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Review: Bamboo and Blood (Inspector O #3)

User Review  - Rowena Hoseason - Goodreads

Idiosyncratic, offbeat and intriguing, the Inspector O series wraps a murder-mystery in political intrigue with a captivating central character at its core. This is the third novel in the Inspector O ... Read full review

Review: Bamboo and Blood (Inspector O #3)

User Review  - Alisa - Goodreads

Not a bad book. Just not the right book for me. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
29
Section 4
37
Section 5
74
Section 6
81
Section 7
86
Section 8
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Section 14
168
Section 15
177
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
247
Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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About the author (2008)

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