LOVE SONGS FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE, by Colin Cotterill. SOHO Crime, 2010, 326 pp., $25 (hardcover)

International news agencies that pride themselves on their astute investigative journalism regularly admit that their reports about events in secretive North Korea tend to be cautiously worded mixtures of well-worn facts and informed guesswork.

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