‘The Gentleman from Japan’: Impersonation and intrigue in China and Europe

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By Mark Schreiber

“You don’t know anything, you like noodles, and you aren’t Japanese. Can we put that on your gravestone?”

“If it fits.”

Inspector O, James Church’s acerbic North Korean cop, is back, in a new work featuring exotic characters, international intrigue and snappy dialog. The narrative shifts between northeast China and the Iberian Peninsula.

While Japan pops up frequently in the book, such as in reference to occupation of Korea and Manchuria, O, the “gentleman” of the title, is clearly not Japanese. Now semi-retired, he lives in Yanji, a city on the Chinese side of the river, with his nephew, an officer with China’s security police. Read more

Source: The Japan Times

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