Search Results: "James Church"


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CHURCH FOLK by Michele Andrea Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2001

"A blend of sermons and romantically veiled sex, spiced up with some violence, that will probably please churchgoing readers. Others may find the self-righteousness an annoying yawn."
Bowen's avowedly Christian debut shows a young black minister struggling in the early 1960s to balance romance, church politics, and spiritual uprightness. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN MOON by James Church
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"O's second outing is for readers who enjoy the journey more than the destination—especially those who appreciate Church's stylish prose and incisive portrait of modern North Korea."
North Korea's Inspector O investigates a daring bank robbery. Read full book review >

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THE GENTLEMAN FROM JAPAN by James Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The sixth outing for Church's wise inspector creates an intriguing synergy, with many insights into international culture and a complex plot."
A Chinese State Security officer follows a tantalizing trail to neutralize a devastating menace. Read full book review >

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A DROP OF CHINESE BLOOD by James Church
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Church's elegant ambiguity and frequent digressions get a facelift with his new hero Bing's edgier first-person narrative, and he has great insight into Asian culture and politics. Casual readers, however, should be warned that the plot is tantalizingly complex."
A hard-boiled Asian investigator probes the disappearance of "the most beautiful woman in the world." Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITH THE BALTIC STARE by James Church
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Inspector O's three earlier cases (Bamboo and Blood, 2008, etc.) all frequently detoured into (sometimes fascinating) woolgathering. His fourth takes so long to reach its main plot that even fans may find their loyalty tested."
A misanthropic inspector comes down from the mountain in near-future North Korea and lands deep in the soup. Read full book review >

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BAMBOO AND BLOOD by James Church
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2008

"Former intelligence officer Church's third Inspector O mystery, set a decade before the first two (Hidden Moon, 2007, etc.), finds the inspector no less acerbic and the author no more straightforward. This one's by turns dazzling and boring, frustrating and insightful."
The murder of a diplomat's wife brings a different kind of pressure on a dogged young police inspector. Read full book review >

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A CORPSE IN THE KORYO by James Church
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Gripping, although a touch inscrutable. The pseudonymous Church, himself a former intelligence officer, doesn't believe in linear plotting but is an admirable stylist."
A complex debut mystery introducing Inspector O, who works out of North Korea's Ministry of People's Security. Read full book review >

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PIONEER CHURCH by Carolyn Otto
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"By capturing such particulars, from the archaic sound of people's names to the creeping suburban sprawl, Otto and Lloyd create a record of the larger picture of transformation in the landscape. (Picture book. 6-10)"
This fictional history of a church records not just the architectural changes it underwent over the years, but the links and connections with both the congregation that built the church and the culture that spawned it. Read full book review >

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The Church House Mouse by Debra Mureen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 22, 2016

"A charming and engaging religious tale for kids."
In this Christian activity book for children, debut author Mureen presents a simple sermon in the story of a wayward mouse. Read full book review >

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90 CHURCH by Dean Unkefer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though entertainingly readable in a grimy sort of way, this is more a tangle of sex, violence, and betrayal than a serious true-crime narrative about this little-discussed era."
A grim, fevered memoir of pre-Drug Enforcement Administration anti-drug warriors raising havoc in New York City. Read full book review >