The Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Praise for Martin Limón:

“It’s great to have these two mavericks back. . . . Mr. Limón writes with gruff respect for the culture of Seoul and with wonderful bleak humor, edged in pain, about GI life in that exotic city.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Combining the grim routine of a modern police ...
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The Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #4)

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Overview

Praise for Martin Limón:

“It’s great to have these two mavericks back. . . . Mr. Limón writes with gruff respect for the culture of Seoul and with wonderful bleak humor, edged in pain, about GI life in that exotic city.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Combining the grim routine of a modern police procedural with the cliff-hanging action of a thrilling movie serial . . . full of sharp observations and unexpected -poignancy.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Sueño and Bascom are two of the most memorable sleuths in the modern mystery canon.”—The Plain Dealer

“The writing is plain and sinewy, the characterizations are quietly brilliant, and the moral vision is as cold as a Seoul bar girl’s gaze.”—The Oregonian

The pair of GI cops Martin Limón first introduced in Jade Lady Burning, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, are back with a vengeance in their latest adventures in Seoul and the sin cities surrounding the capital in the 1970s. 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 lull their victims just long enough to strike—with his gun. That they are murderers makes it that much worse for the dynamic duo. The army wants its equipment accounted for and the ID and weapon recovered. George and Ernie want to recover their reputation, such as it is. And stop the killings.

Martin Limón is the author of numerous short stories starring his army police duo, as well as three novels. The Door to Bitterness is the fourth in the Sueño-Bascom series, after Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, and Buddha’s Money.


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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781569477526
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 684,039
  • File size: 688 KB

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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