Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel (Random House, $15.00) is a view behind the papier-mâché façade of North Korea that combines suspense, romance, and adventure. The story of a young man named Jun Do—who goes from his orphanage work camp to a job as kidnapper of unsuspecting Japanese, to monitoring radio waves on a fishing boat, to a dangerous impersonation of a government minister—exposes the weird and wild textures of a corrupt country where the slightest mistake is punishable by death. “. . . a macabrely realistic, politically savvy, satirically spot-on saga.—Elle. Johnson, who teaches creative writing at Stanford, is also the author of the short story collection Emporium and the novel Parasites Like Us.