Twenty years ago Martin Limón published his first mystery featuring
Sergeant George Sueño, a young Mexican American army detective stationed on the
US Eighth Army base in South Korea in the early 1970s, the heart of the Cold
War. George and his investigating partner, the rowdy and short-fused Sergeant
Ernie Bascom, are assigned cases in which the Eighth Army has come into
conflict with local Korean law enforcement—often incidents in which American
soldiers, who are not known for being on their best behavior in their Asian
host country, have committed a crime. Sueño’s job is partially to solve crimes
but mostly to cover top brass’ backside and make sure the US Army doesn’t look
bad. Thoughtful, observant George, who is conversant in Korean, constantly
faces difficult choices about whether to follow his orders or his conscience.
After eight critically acclaimed novels comes this
collection of Limón’s award-winning short stories featuring sergeants Sueño and
Bascom. The stories have been published over the last twenty years in a variety
of magazines, mostly in Alfred Hitchcock, but have never before been
available in book form. This volume is sure to attract both critical attention
and appeal to collectors and is a must-have for literary mystery readers.
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