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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