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The Gentleman from Japan
by James Church


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James Church, a former Western intelligence officer, returns to the secret world of North Korean intelligence with another crackling good ( The Washington Post ) story in his critically acclaimed Inspector O series.

Under the guise of machinery for making dumplings, a Spanish factory near Barcelona is secretly producing a key component in the production of nuclear weapons.  Read more...


 
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Overview

James Church, a former Western intelligence officer, returns to the secret world of North Korean intelligence with another crackling good (The Washington Post) story in his critically acclaimed Inspector O series.

Under the guise of machinery for making dumplings, a Spanish factory near Barcelona is secretly producing a key component in the production of nuclear weapons. When information finds its way to the inboxes of Western intelligence agencies that this dumpling maker is meant for North Korea, orders go out that the shipment must be stopped. Either the machine must be disabled while still in the factory, or the transportation route must be discovered so the equipment can be intercepted before it reaches its destination. An old friend recruits Inspector O to assist in the complex operation designed to disrupt the plans for shipping the machine.

Carefully planted bits of information and bizarre events have led both the Spanish factory and those trying to intercept the machine to conclude that Japanese criminal organizations are involved in buying and transporting the dumpling machine in order to hide the involvement of North Korea. A flurry of murders puts the focus on the northeast Chinese city of Yanji, near the border with North Korea, where O s nephew Major Bing is the Chief of State Security. Bing has his own problems dealing with a corrupt local mayor who is out for his head, coping with a new deputy who cannot be trusted, and figuring out why a Chinese gangster he s worked for years to chase away has suddenly returned.

Church hailed as the equal of le Carre by Publishers Weekly takes O deep into a maze of cracked mirrors that hide the exits from an elaborate, deadly double blind in his most elaborate mystery yet.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312614317
  • ISBN-10: 0312614314
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • Publish Date: December 2016
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds

Series: Inspector O Novels

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

A complex mystery involving seven deaths in one night kicks off Churchs excellent sixth novel featuring enigmatic North Korean intelligence operative Inspector O (after 2012s A Drop of Chinese Blood). O has been living in exile in Yanji, China, with his cynical nephew, Major Bing, who heads that citys office of the Ministry of State Security. Bing doesnt want any part in the investigation of the unexplained deaths of three elderly men at a noodle shop, two prostitutes behind a dim sum joint, a female tourist in a new Mongolian tearoom, and a well-dressed man in an upscale hotel restaurant. Contrary to Bings wishes, police reports of the eatery-related fatalities have reached his ministrys headquarters in Beijing, forcing him to take a role. Bing must also fend off Yanjis corrupt mayor, who hopes to use Bings failure to solve the case to get rid of him. Some unexpected turns lead to O taking part in an operation in Europe. The pseudonymous Church, himself a former spy, makes all the plot developments chillingly plausible. (Dec.)

 
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