The Gentleman from Japan
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The Gentleman from Japan


Church returns with the latest Inspector O thriller, once again set between North Korea and China—one of the most harrowing borders in the world.

James Church’s Inspector O novels have been hailed as “crackling good” (The Washington Post). Now Church—a former Western intelligence officer who pulls back the curtain on the hidden world of North Korea in a way that no one else can—comes roaring back with an unputdownable new novel.

A Spanish factory near Barcelona is secretly producing—under the guise of a dumpling maker—a key machine for the production of nuclear weapons. Western intelligence has gotten wind of this and believes that the machine is meant for North Korea. It is deemed imperative either to disable the machine before it leaves the factory or intercept it. Inspector O is recruited by an old friend to take part in an operation to disrupt the plans for shipping the machine.

The buyer of the machine has constructed an elaborate double-blind story, making it appear as if the purchaser is a Japanese criminal organization acting on behalf of the North Koreans. Information has been carefully planted and events set up to lead Western intelligence operatives to that conclusion. The feints include a flurry of murders in the northeast Chinese city of Yanji, on the border with North Korea, where O’s nephew is the chief of State Security.

Church's latest Inspector O novel full of suspense, is not one that you will be able to stop reading.

Title:The Gentleman from Japan
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

    The Gentleman from Japan Reviews

  • Adam  McPhee
    Dec 15, 2016

    The crime: (view spoiler)[These particular reports did not give me a warm feeling. Initial observations by the local police were often a problem. This time, to make things worse, in the upper right-ha...

  • Chris
    Jan 18, 2017

    If you enjoy reading books that are incomprehensible then this series is for you. The author, James Church, is a former CIA employee and his name is a pseudonym. There aren't many mystery or police pr...

  • Jeff Z
    Mar 08, 2017

    I have read hundreds of books in this genre, and write very few reviews.This is the worst book I've ever read. I haven't read anything else from this author, and have no intention to. The writing styl...

  • Cindy
    Dec 25, 2016


  • Monica
    Jan 18, 2017

    There are so many layers of deception and misdirection in this book that it is sometimes hard to keep track. There are the seven deaths, probably murders, perhaps related to a noodle shop vs dumpling ...

  • Martina
    May 18, 2016

    Thanks to a tip from Shirley, there will be a new James Church Inspector O novel coming out in early December! This will be #6 in the series that we read the first some time ago. The book is available...

  • Linda
    Dec 23, 2016

    Two and a half stars--a labyrinth of a spy story that has me still scratching my head as to what was going on....

  • Tim Bray
    Dec 27, 2016

    Meh. O & nephew are interesting, plot moves right along, but I liked ’em better when they were in North Korea....

  • John Wintersteen
    Mar 18, 2016

    Apparently not out yet. Amazon show it coming out in December 2016. Fabulous books on life in North Korea...

  • Jessica Howard
    Oct 22, 2016

    I normally enjoy this series, but I missed book 5, and was thus quite confused in this one. The setting was China & Portugal, unlike the usual North Korea....

About James Church

James Church is the pseudonym of the author of four detective novels featuring a North Korean policeman, "Inspector O." Church is identified on the back cover of his novels as "a former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia". He grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the United States and was over 60 years old in 2009. His "Inspector O" novels have been well-received, bein