The Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #4)


“Limón’s crisp, clear storytelling opens a door to another world and leaves one hoping the next installment won’t be so long in arriving.”—The Baltimore Sun
“As good as Limón’s series debut, Jade Lady Burning.”—The Plain Dealer
“Plot, pacing, and plausibility are just about perfect. . . . ...

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The Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #4)

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“Limón’s crisp, clear storytelling opens a door to another world and leaves one hoping the next installment won’t be so long in arriving.”—The Baltimore Sun
“As good as Limón’s series debut, Jade Lady Burning.”—The Plain Dealer
“Plot, pacing, and plausibility are just about perfect. . . . Limón has a humane outlook that nourishes the spirit.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer (Editor’s Choice)
The two GI cops Martin Limón first introduced in Jade Lady Burning are back with a vengeance in their latest adventures in 1970s Seoul and the sin cities surrounding the capital. While North Korea menaces and Vietnam burns, these two weave through back alleys and bordellos, trying to tip the scales of justice back in the right direction.
This time they are not only pursuing criminals—they’re chasing themselves. Homicidal thieves have gotten hold of Sueño’s badge and are using it to trick their victims just long enough to strike—with his gun. The army wants his equipment accounted for, the ID and weapon recovered. George and Ernie want to recover their reputation, such as it is . . . and stop the killings.

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Library Journal
North Korea menaces and Vietnam burns in the 1970s, and GI cops Sueno and Bascom (Jade Lady Burning) weave through the alleys of Seoul, South Korea, doling out their brand of justice in this fourth outing. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What's worse than waking up in an alley without your badge and sidearm? Realizing that they've been used to commit a felony. When U.S. Army CID Agent George Sue-o learns that the person who robbed the casino at Inchon's Olympos Hotel had used his identification to gain entrance to the cashier's cage, then his .45 to blast Olympos dealer Han Ok-hi, his initial fears of mere court-martial are dwarfed by a more chilling possibility: that he was targeted from the first by the smiling "business woman" who spotted him drinking alone, drugged him into compliance and led him out to the alley where he was picked clean. Reprieved from immediate dismissal by a no-nonsense general who thinks they're his best bet to stop what looks like a serious crime spree, George and his pal Ernie Bascom go after the gun and its new owners, smiling Yun Ai-ja and her brother Kong. The motive for their killings isn't much more mysterious than their identity, and Lim-n (Slicky Boys, 1997, etc.) continues to evoke settings more memorable than characters. What lingers longest in George and Ernie's odyssey is the grinding poverty, pride and moral compromise they find in 1974 Korea, matched this time by a shame so deep that George is relieved to hear that at least it wasn't his gun that killed the fourth victim. A bitter brew fueled by acrid insights on the dehumanizing force of the lasting American presence in Korea.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569474358
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series , #4
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 573,074
  • Product dimensions: 4.82 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Limón retired from U.S. military service after 20 years in the U.S. Army, including a total of ten years in Korea. He and his wife live in Seattle. He is the author of Jade Lady Burning, which was a New York Times Notable Book, Slicky Boys and Buddha's Money.

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