A coup is in the air in Pyongyang


James Church: Hidden Moon
ISBN 978-0-312-38766-2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A thriller with a North Korean police inspector at the center of the plot. A bank robbery in Pyongyang, that officially never happened, a corpse that disappears, an investigation that some want to succeed and others would like to see fail. A power struggle shakes the autocratic leadership, a coup is in the air – and the valiant inspector O tries to clear the minefield without stepping on something that will blow up in his face. Another exciting spy novel by James Church, apparently a former intelligence operative.

Inspector O’s devotion as a police officer, his calmness in the midst of dramatic events makes me think of a work of the Japanese composer Tore Takemitsu called “In an Autumn Garden”:

Walk with me through the Garden of Peace