G.I. Bones (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Series #6)by Martin Limón
A Korean fortune-teller is haunted by a long-dead American soldier who wants his bones found and buried. A Latino soldier and the underage daughter of a white American officer are missing. Several notorious Korean gangsters who own bars in Itaewon—Seoul’s red light district—have been/b>
The sixth Sergeant George Sueño investigation
A Korean fortune-teller is haunted by a long-dead American soldier who wants his bones found and buried. A Latino soldier and the underage daughter of a white American officer are missing. Several notorious Korean gangsters who own bars in Itaewon—Seoul’s red light district—have been killed. American military police officers George Sueño and Ernie Bascom must dig deep into the bloody history of Itaewon in order to find out who killed the dead soldier, who’s taking revenge on the gang lords, and where to find the missing girl.
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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
—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
"Throughout this critically acclaimed series, Limón has displayed a remarkable talent for weaving his background knowledge of the country into his plots."
“Easily the best military mysteries in print today.”
“Martin Limón does what the best storytellers do: take you away to a brand new world.”
Meet the Author
Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of ten novels in the Sueño and Bascom series, including Jade Lady Burning, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, and Ping-Pong Heart, as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.
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Korean fortuneteller Aunti Mee insists The Wandering Ghost of Tech Sergeant Florencio R. Moretti will not leave her alone. The GI went missing two decades ago back in 1953. U.S. 8th Army Criminal Investigation Detachment investigators Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom are assigned to investigate what everyone in CID including them assumes is a corpse. The two military cops enter the Itaewon red light sector of Seoul seeking clues that will lead to Moretti's remains so he can be properly buried back in the States. The pair also searches for a missing military teenage dependent of whom they assume is a runaway. Neither expected they would face the wrath of the Seven Dragons gang who own the district; both expected the wrath of superiors who want Moretti's bones to remain interred wherever they are. This is a super historical military police procedure that brings to life 1970s Seoul and to a degree how Koreans and soldiers of that era looked back to the end of the Korean Conflict. The mysteries of the missing dependent and the murder of Moretti are excellent, but it is the historiographer's delight of time and place that make G.I. BONES and the series a winner. Harriet Klausner