The Gentleman from Japan
On Sale: December 6, 2016
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Thriller Spy | Mystery
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
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 Carré” 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, The Gentleman from
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