September 27, 2013
It's not so easy to balance the curiosity of a child with the cynicism of a policeman, or a secret agent. But Inspector O, of North Korea, manages to look for things where others dare not go. And finds his answers. A deeply satisfying literary figure, O also helps us look into the mirror at ourselves, possibly to be amused at our constant predicaments. Writing under the pseudonym James Church, a former western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia has brought out a series of five brilliant novels about the adventures of Inspector O — the latest, A Drop of Chinese Blood (Minotaur/Macmillan, 2012), featuring O's nephew, Major Bing. Great fun. Hopefully there will be many more! Total runtime fifty one minutes. Rīdendō dīcere vērum.