A Drop of Chinese Blood

A Drop of Chinese Blood

Book - 2012
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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 as "the equal of le Carr#65533;" ( Publishers Weekly , starred). Now Church--a former Western intelligence officer who pulls back the curtain on the hidden world of North Korea in a way that no one else can--comes roaring back with a new novel introducing Inspector O's nephew, Major Bing, the long-suffering chief of the Chinese Ministry of State Security operations on the border with North Korea.

The last place Bing expected to find the stunningly beautiful Madame Fang--a woman Headquarters wants closely watched--was on his front doorstep. Then, as suddenly as she shows up, Madame Fang mysteriously disappears across the river into North Korea, leaving in her wake both consternation and a highly sensitive assignment for Bing to bring back from the North a long missing Chinese security official. Concerned for his nephew's safety, O reluctantly helps him navigate an increasingly complex and deadly maze, one that leads down the twisted byways of O's homeland. In the tradition of Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy, and the Inspector Arkady Renko novels, A Drop of Chinese Blood presents an unfamiliar world, a perplexing universe where the rules are an enigma to the reader and even, sometimes, to Inspector O. Once again, James Church has crafted a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312550639
Characteristics: 304 p. : maps ; 22 cm.

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emily8 Mar 20, 2013

-some agreement with earlier comments, still a real pleasure to read about men doing their work in honorable way - recommended

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jfh
Jan 28, 2013

While I did enjoyed the Inspector O novels, the plot in this book is very complicated, and the reader is left with many unanswered questions (too many this time ?) It was also disappointing to see that most of the story happens outside of North Korea - the storyline happening in North Korea were one of the main reason why the Inspector O novels were so attractive to me. Not the best of the serie.

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athena14
Dec 27, 2012

lisangus says it well; I was completely flummoxed by the end of the book.

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lisangus
Dec 26, 2012

too much "tell" rather than "show". I enjoyed the previous Inspector O books but this one was a bit tedious (and overcomplicated).

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