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Bamboo and Blood

An Inspector O Novel

by James Church

Bamboo and Blood
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2008, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2010, 304 pages

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The third volume in an intriguing detective mystery series set in North Korea

With Inspector O, James Church has crafted the quintessential quiet man trying his best to do his job within a corrupt and volatile political system while not allowing its values to reset his own moral compass. The narrative says it all as O's first person account unveils a man of few words – indeed the dialogue is spare almost to the point of stark – but with incredibly picturesque and insightful observations. O is a man of his country; one gets a picture of a land of lean beauty and unforgiving climate, and of his own personal history but not of his country's political regime.

As a low-to-mid level officer in North Korea's Ministry of Public Security, O's job is whatever his superior, or his superior's superior, tells him it is. As the book opens O is staking out a man, a foreigner of indeterminate national origin, who is visiting the capital city of ...

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