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Bamboo and Blood

Bamboo and Blood

Author(s): James Church

Location(s): New York City (NYC), North Korea, Switzerland

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): 1997



It is 1997 and North Korea is in the grip of a terrible famine. When the wife of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan dies under suspicious circumstances, O is told to investigate, with a curious provison: Don’t look too closely at the details, and stay away from the question of missiles. O finds himself on a trail that leads from the dark rooms of Pyongyang to the streets of New York and the shores of Lake Geneva. 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. Once again, Church guides readers through an unfamiliar landscape of whispered words and shadows 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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his portrayal of North Korean society and its political system is fascinating. Rowena Hoseason The third in this outstanding series… Thoughtful crime fans will love what they find.” – Booklist (starred review).”

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