Search Results: "James Church"


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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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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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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 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 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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I LOVE MY ROBOT by Caroline Jayne Church
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Look elsewhere for board books that don't seek to confine children to stereotypes at the toddler stage. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A little boy celebrates his toy robot. Read full book review >

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PING PONG PIG by Caroline Jayne Church
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Hold fast to the spirit of youth, little Ping Pong; once pigs fly, what's to stop them from driving the family car? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ping Pong is a pig after a child's own heart. Read full book review >

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LITTLE APPLE GOAT by Caroline Jayne Church
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This is a delightful addition to autumnal collections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Just in time for the autumn apple harvest comes this sweet rustic tale of an ordinary goat—ordinary except for her eating habits, that is. Read full book review >

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BEYOND EVERY MIRROR by Christine Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An intriguing start to a promising new series, although stronger editing might have made it an even more compelling read."
In Church's (The Early Scrolls, 2016, etc.) paranormal romance, a musician's unusual visions lead him to a parallel dimension where he encounters a woman who may hold the key to his fate.Read full book review >

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PERFIDIA by D.Z. Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Overpowering dread and a leery protagonist make this a suspenseful read."
In Church's debut thriller, a California schoolteacher's search for her missing father in 1970s Barbados puts her in the middle of an ongoing fight over a much-desired piece of land. Read full book review >

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Angry Movie Guy by Izzy Church
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fast-paced, sometimes-slapstick film industry novel with a vibrant cast of characters."
In Church's debut comedy, a notorious film critic must move beyond his vitriolic public persona if he wants a second chance with the girl of his dreams. Read full book review >