The Stool Pigeon: A Short Story

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A female State Security agent in the capital of North Korea gets the green light to betray her country's premier. The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust awarded "The Stool Pigeon" first place in the suspense category for short fiction at the 2012 Graham Greene Festival.

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About Christina Hyun

Christina Hyun is an award winning short story author and is currently writing her first novel - a political thriller. The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust awarded her short story, "The Stool Pigeon", first place in the suspense category for short fiction. Christina had the honor of traveling to Berkhamstead, England to receive her award at the 2012 Graham Greene Festival.

Her short story, "The Odd Job", was first published in Bellowing Ark, and it also took second place in Mom Writer's Literary Magazine's short fiction contest. She workshopped the "The Odd Job" at Zoetrope's online writing community to which she is grateful for critique and support.

Christina has been blogging at the Seattle PI newspaper since 2006 and is on hiatus to finish her novel.

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Review by: Laile Di Silvestro on Oct. 16, 2013 :
The short short story is a challenging format, and Christina Hyun masters it in the Stool Pigeon. The story is set in a culture that is foreign to most readers, and it hinges on a cultural tradition that would be unfamiliar to most. This aspect of the story is one of its most compelling, however, as the majority of the story's few words simply set the stage and introduce the characters. It is only in the last three sentences that motivations and plot appear in a surprising twist that invites a rereading...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gay Nell German on Sep. 17, 2013 :
The Stool Pigeon introduces us to Yu-Na, an intriguing character who I hope we will see more from in Ms. Hyun's first novel. Although only four pages long the suspense built in The Stool Pigeon already has me anxious to learn more about this woman and what makes her tick. Finishing this story reminds me of how I felt when I read an Anne McAffrey short story relating to the Dragon Riders of Pern series. I finished it going, "wait, what? Where is the rest? This can't be it! I have to read more!" Ms. Hyun really draws you in quickly and fully. Can't wait until the novel comes out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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