G.I. Bones (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #6)

G.I. Bones (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #6)

by Martin Limón
     
 

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Praise for the Sueño and Bascom series:

“Setting the standard for military crime fiction, Limón’s compelling stories of murder, greed, and abuse of power are set off by the Korean culture and 1970s atmosphere.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Altogether engaging.”—The Washington Post Book

Overview

Praise for the Sueño and Bascom series:

“Setting the standard for military crime fiction, Limón’s compelling stories of murder, greed, and abuse of power are set off by the Korean culture and 1970s atmosphere.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Altogether engaging.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Combining the grim routine of a modern police procedural with the cliff-hanging action of a thriller movie.”—The Wall Street Journal

“It’s great to have these two mavericks back.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Easily the best military mysteries in print today.”—Lee Child

“Martin Limón does what the best storytellers do: take you away to a brand new world.”—Michael Connelly

A Korean fortune-teller is being bothered by a dead American soldier who wants his bones found and buried. An underage officer’s daughter is missing together with a Latino soldier. Several of the leading Korean gangsters who own the bars in the ville have been killed. Sueño and Bascom of Military Intelligence must go back to the founding of Itaewon, Seoul’s red-light district, in order to learn who killed the soldier, who’s taking revenge on the gang lords, and where to find the missing girl.

Martin Limón is the author of numerous stories about his army police duo as well as five previous novels, Jade Lady Burning (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Slicky Boys, Buddha’s Money, The Door to Bitterness, and The Wandering Ghost, all available from Soho Crime. He lives near Seattle.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a Korean fortune-teller claims the spirit of a long dead American soldier is bothering her at the outset of Limón's well-crafted sixth mystery to feature U.S. Army criminal investigators George Sueño and Ernie Bascom (after 2007's The Wandering Ghost), the pair delve deep into the more than 20-year-old case of Tech. Sgt. Florencio R. Moretti, who went missing in 1953 and is presumed dead. At first, their mission is simply to find Moretti's remains, but as they search for the truth in Seoul's red-light district, Itaewon, they uncover a past of military and government corruption, prostitution and murder. As usual, Sueño and Bascom don't hesitate to put their own lives and careers at risk. Limón's own experiences as a U.S. soldier stationed in Korea serve to enrich the intricate portrait of 1970s Seoul. While excessive attention to details of Korean language and dialect slow the pace at times, loyal fans and newcomers alike should be pleased. Author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Sergeant Sueño of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Eighth U.S. Army in Seoul, South Korea, is asked to find the bones of a G.I. murdered at the end of the Korean War. Apparently, his ghost is haunting local fortune-tellers. But Sueño and his partner, Bascom, who are also probing the disappearace of an officer's daughter, find their lives are on the line when present-day criminals get into the action. VERDICT In this sixth series entry (after The Wandering Ghost), the author demonstrates his knowledge of military politics and South Korea in the 1970s. The only question is why Limón has not received more recognition. Mystery fans, especially male readers and those who enjoy gritty police procedurals in exotic locations, will want this solid crime novel.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School–Military Police Sergeants Sueño and Bascom are pitted against the Seven Dragons, gang lords of Itaewon, the red-light district of Seoul, in this sixth volume in the highly praised and popular crime series set in 1970s Korea. The plot is crisp, the characters are fully portrayed, and the dialogue is convincing. But perhaps the author’s greatest strength is his richly rendered atmosphere. With a full palette of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, he creates a window into another world, a foreign culture (for most American readers), and a set of circumstances fraught with intrigue, danger, hope, and passion. The two sergeants of the United States 8th Army Criminal Investigation Detachment are called upon to find the bones of a G.I. named Moretti, who was murdered some 20 years earlier but whose body was never found. Now, some two decades later, his bones become restless, apparently stalking a fortune-teller, Aunti Mee. She calls upon the resourceful team of Sueño and Bascom to find the bones and send them back to the United States, so that both the dead and the living can get some peace. The sergeants pursue the case, against the wishes of nearly everyone in positions of authority and power. A subplot involves an Army officer’s teenage daughter who goes missing, and who is determined to free herself from the shackles of her overbearing parents. That’s an old story, but one that is given a new setting and new consequences in Limón’s gritty, always entertaining novel.–Robert Saunderson, formerly at Berkeley Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
When a two-fisted military sleuth shakes the trees in search of a soldier's remains, he uncovers secrets some would kill to protect. Narrator George Sueno, agent for the Criminal Investigation Division of the 8th U.S. Army in Seoul, circa 1973, gets a strange request from Auntie Mee, a highly respected local woman known as "the most famous chom-cheingi in Seoul," whom he's met through his close friend Doc Yong. The mysterious fortune teller requests that Sueno find the bones of a G.I. she calls Mori Di. Cryptically, Auntie Mee warns that failure to find the bones will prove perilous to Miss Kwon, a delicate young "business girl" Doc Yong has taken under his wing. The victim of an unsolved murder, Mori Di has haunted Auntie Mee's dreams for nearly two decades. Sueno's respect for Doc Yong prompts him to take the matter seriously. With his sidekick Bascom, he searches military records from the Korean War and discovers the identity of the likely victim: Sgt. Florencio Moretti, missing and presumed dead. Further research reveals that an investigator calling himself Cort found evidence of multiple coverups, both American and Korean, of Moretti's movements and of a shameful incident known as the Itaewon Massacre. A lively subplot involves AWOL corporal Francisco "Paco" Bernal, his underage girlfriend Jessica Tidwell (a rigid colonel's wild daughter) and his theft of thousands in government money. Sueno's sixth mystery (The Wandering Ghost, 2007, etc.) combines a brash, righteous hero with gritty local color for a crackling good read.
From the Publisher
Praise for G.I. Bones

An NPR Best Book of the Year

"The latest in the series, G.I. Bones, is brilliant—imbued with affecting characters, a morally knotty storyline, and a last chapter that just plain stuns."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org

“Nobody navigates the barely controlled chaos of Seoul’s red light district like these two—or the byzantine ways of Army bureaucracy, for that matter. Limón’s empathy for Korean culture, meanwhile, makes him an excellent guide.”
The Seattle Times

“If you’ve never encountered Limón in your literary travels, [G.I. Bones] is a good place to begin your journey.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Praise for the George Sueño and Ernie Bascom series

“Combining the grim routine of a modern police procedural with the cliff-hanging action of a thriller movie.”
The Wall Street Journal 

“Altogether engaging.”
The Washington Post Book World 

“It’s great to have these two mavericks back.”
The New York Times Book Review 

“Setting the standard for military crime fiction, Limón’s compelling stories of murder, greed, and abuse of power are set off by the Korean culture and 1970s atmosphere.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“Easily the best military mysteries in print today.”
—Lee Child 

“Martin Limón does what the best storytellers do: take you away to a brand new world.”
—Michael Connelly  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569476031
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series , #6
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Martin Limón is the author of Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha's Money, The Door to Bitterness, and The Wandering Ghost, all available from Soho Crime. He lives near Seattle.

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