A Drop of Chinese Blood
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 Carre" ("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 an unputdownable new series featuring Inspector O's nephew, Bing, the director of state security in a region in northeast China bordering North Korea. When clues point to a connection between a beautiful woman's disappearance and Bing's sensitive assignment to bring an agent across the North Korean border, O reluctantly helps him navigate an increasingly complex and deadly maze. James Church has crafted a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart.
Praise for A Drop of Chinese Blood: "Stellar... An intricate plot that ranks as one of Church's best... A satirical look at paranoid intelligence structures and the snappy, irreverent narration add to the fun." -"Publishers Weekly", starred reviewPraise for James Church and the Inspector O series"Church uses his years of intelligence work to excellent advantage... delivering one duplicitous plot twist after another." - "The Washington Post""Satisfied readers will hail Church as the equal of le Carre." -"Publishers Weekly", starred review "Like Marlowe and Spade before him, Inspector O navigates the shadows and, every now and then, finds truth in the half-light."--"The Wall Street Journal" "Weaving headlines with his own knowledge of the back story of North Korea, Mr. Church is getting better and better at his new tradecraft." --"Washington Times" "Church creates an utterly convincing, internally consistent world of the absurd where orders mean the opposite of what they say and paperwork routinely gets routed to oblivion." --"The Boston Globe""Church illuminates the darkness of North Korea's closed society in this fascinating series." --"Rocky Mountain News"
JAMES CHURCH (a pseudonym) is a former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia.