The Man with the Baltic Stare

The Man with the Baltic Stare

From James Church, the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector O series, comes The Man with the Baltic Stare--another riveting novel set in the mysterious world of North Korea Autumn brings unwelcome news to Inspector O: he has been wrenched from retirement and ordered back to Pyongyang for a final assignment. The two Koreas, he learns, are now cooperating?very quietly From James Church, the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector O series, comes The Man with the Baltic Stare--...

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Title:The Man with the Baltic Stare
Author:James Church
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1429938617
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Man with the Baltic Stare Reviews

  • Spuddie
    Jan 09, 2012
    I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this series featuring Inspector O, in the unconventional mystery setting of North Korea. It was definitely a case of culture shock at first, although I loved the rather curmudgeonly, lateral-thinking O from the start. This book, which takes...
  • Kirsten
    Oct 22, 2010
    There is something delicious and pleasurable about these dark mystery/thrillers by James Church. The characters are all fuzzy around the edges - you never know all about them - who is on whose side. These books to me are like dark chocolate. A little bitter, but wonderful. Inspector...
  • Jason
    Nov 06, 2012
    This was a weird one. Reading it was like a traffic accident...I couldn't take my eyes off it. I obviously found it interesting, because I continued to read it and finished it, but I'm still not quite sure what the hell happened. I'm unsure of what the main plot was, why anything that ...
  • Susan
    Jun 15, 2012
    North Korean police detective, Inspector O, has spent five years in exile on his mountain when he is coerced into returning to ?investigate? a murder in Macao. As usual in this series, nothing is as it seems and, far from learning the truth of the murder, his task is to cover it up...
  • james
    Dec 26, 2011
    This is the 4th in a series about Inspector O, a criminal investigator in North Korea. Everything there is political, and quite muddled. The author is supposed to be a diplomat with a lot of knowledge about North Korea. If the author's view of that country is correct, there is one ines...
  • Trish
    Jan 29, 2011
    This is my first time listening to the audio of this series. I am a great fan of Inspector O, and of James Church for imagining this character and his life. It is a truly unique mystery/spy series set in North Korea in the same way that Colin Cotterill?s Di. Siri Paiboun series takes...
  • Mary
    Jul 30, 2011
    These are getting too weird. ...
  • Mandy
    Apr 06, 2011
    This is a book I picked up of the displays at the library. Apparently the author uses an assumed name to write and publish his books under. He knows his stuff about North Korea and intelligence. I had a hard time following the characters in this book. I chalk that up to the lack of und...
  • B. Factor
    Sep 07, 2010
    In this novel, James Church turns Inspector O into Inspector Zelig. Like Zelig, Inspector O is inserted into the imagined important moments with the imagined important people of an imagined future reunification of North and South Korea. Why would these important players trouble themsel...
  • Chris
    Sep 03, 2010
    I was excited to notice the latest, book four, in the series; however, it?s down right bizarre, perplexing, absurd, and inscrutable. We don?t understand the relation of the title until page 214 or so. The reader never knows where we are headed in this book. O is summoned from his m...
  • judy
    Jul 04, 2011
    I have to assume that I needed to have read the other three books in the series to really understand this. The odd thing is I liked it even though I had no clue what was going on. Admittedly it has been a long time since I've done political espionage novels and never in Asia. Sadly, it...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 18, 2012
    My feelings about this book are as confused as the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. A maze is a complex with many paths with different choices and directions. A labyrinth has also different choices of directions, but it is a single path leading to a center. A labyrinth is ...
  • Becky
    Aug 27, 2018
    James Church's fictional character, Inspector O continues to confuse, educate, enteratin, and frustrate me. This novel is perhaps the most unrealistic confusing one of the four I have read. And yet, the combination of intrigue with a look into a political system I know little about kee...
  • Kareemah
    Jan 14, 2019
    These books are for readers who can enjoy slow build up, dry humor and deliberate pace. ...
  • Barbpie
    Apr 26, 2018
    As much as I love this quirky series, volume 4 was slow going. ...
  • International Cat Lady
    Mar 21, 2012
    Better than its predecessor, but still not very good. Definitely not as good as the first two in the series. None of the four books were that great at pulling everything together to present a good solid ending - and the ending to this was just as lackluster as the previous one. Meh. Ad...
  • Chuck
    Sep 09, 2018
    I started this series over Christmas (2017), and this was my summer (2018) installment. Church's novels focus on a (now-retired) North Korean police inspector who previously served in the North Korean intelligence service. If you enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's novels about Soviet-era dete...
  • Mal Warwick
    Jul 11, 2016
    In the closing years of the past decade, beginning in 2008, North Korea began descending into chaos as its dictator, Kim Jong-Il, fell gravely ill. His youngest son, Kim Jong-Un, then only in his mid-twenties, began to emerge as the heir apparent, crowding aside not just his older brot...
  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    Feb 25, 2014
    To say that this book is bizarre is to be making an understatement. To begin with, during the book at least three different characters mention that what is going on is Kafka-esque. That would be true if Kafka was an impressionist and we all know that he didn?t do impressions. That ...
  • Vikas Datta
    Jun 30, 2015
    Another breathless tale of confused courses of action, conflicting loyalties, elaborate deceptions and people and things certainly not being what they seem... ...
  • Monica
    Feb 11, 2013
    Inspector O has been retired on a mountain top for 5 years when he is called back to Pyongyang for a special assignment - one that he doesn't want. The state of things has changed while he was gone - there are factions working for closer ties with South Korea, and factions opposing. Ch...
  • Jennifer
    May 22, 2012
    I did not like this as much as earlier books. The setting in the near future during a potential moment of regime change was intriguing, especially given recent events in North Korea. However, discussions between characters about other individuals or events were frustratingly vague...
  • Geoff. Lamb
    Jan 05, 2017
    Inspector O remains as spikey and untrusting as ever. And well traveled. His mountaintop retreat is his home, or is it? The joy in reading, and in re-reading some pages, of these Inspector O novels is as much or more for his introspection, for the comments and stories unrelated to the ...
  • Liz Neale
    Jun 27, 2017
    Interesting book...at times I found it hard to follow...don't know if it's me or what....but it was interesting reading. ...
  • Pep Bonet
    Sep 20, 2015
    I had read another book about the stories of Inspector O and had felt a bit icy. I couldn't well penetrate the character (or Church's writing). It was nice, interesting, but that's all. I read some comments about the present one and had reasonable doubts about starting to read it. But ...
  • Edwin Battistella
    Jul 21, 2013
    In The Man with the Baltic Stare James Church brings the wily but mystified Inspector O down from his mountaintop retreat and out of retirement with this story set in 2016. O is a wonderful character?part nourish detective, part good soldier Schweik, part a Kafka protagonist who woul...
  • Darwin8u
    Oct 22, 2012
    Church FINALLY fixed his pacing problem with 'the Man with the Baltic Stare'. This novel was a lot better than Bamboo and Blood. It may even be better than his first one (although Corpse in the Koryo gets originality points). Anyway, it redeemed the Inspector O series for me. Churc...
  • Dead John Williams
    Oct 31, 2018
    Set in North Korea but written before it was demonised. A simple crime procedural set in the background of the shifting power play. Nothing special, just well written, intriguing, slightly opaque, and very readable. ...
  • Susan
    Feb 01, 2018
    I had such high hopes! Fascinating setting, wry writing... thought it would be another Dr. Siri series. But alas, a chaotic story with too much talking and not enough action. I'll give the series one more try. ...
  • Ludditus
    Mar 20, 2018
    I am angry at the author. Very angry and also unhappy. He managed to spoil everything he accomplished with the first three books in the series. I won't insert true spoilers, only generic info that won't reveal anything crucial. Inspector O is now 68 years old, retired in special con...