US Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom become entangled with a pushy tabloid reporter as they investigate a series of violent bank robberies throughout South Korea.
South Korea, 1970s: A rash of armed robberies at local Korean banks doesn't concern the American military--until a fatality occurs, and proof surfaces that US soldiers are behind the crimes. The case has been assigned to CID Agents Jake Burrows and Felix Slabem, but they certainly won't do anything that might make 8th United States Army look bad. So Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom have decided to step in and investigate the robberies--and murder--themselves.
George and Ernie have their own problems to worry about, namely Katie Byrd Worthington, a pesky reporter for the Overseas Observer--an unsanctioned English-language tabloid that has found strong roots in South Korea. Katie has published a story that implicates Army higher-ups in both sex trafficking and treason, and the pressure is on for the CID to disprove her claims. But what if they aren't false? As George and Ernie dig deeper into the case, they find themselves the targets of a very unflattering publicity campaign, but perhaps also something much more dangerous.
"Stellar . . . Limón does his usual outstanding job of combining clever plotting and period detail with sympathetic, flawed leads. This series shows no sign of losing momentum." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Sueño and Bascom's lively 14th investigation is long on action, gritty dialogue, and period authenticity." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Limón is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today--and valuable slices of history tomorrow." --Lee Child
"An enduring and freshly relevant series . . . Limón, himself a former US Army man who served 10 years in Korea, writes with knowledge of the travails and rewards of military life." --The Wall Street Journal
"Limón is an expert guide to Korea and the US army whose passionate commitment to his subject is expressed in direct, searing prose." --John Burdett, international bestselling author of Bangkok 8
"As always, the author vividly contrasts adventures in the seamy side of Seoul's nightlife with a sensitive appreciation for Korea's ancient culture." --The Seattle Times
"Altogether engaging." --The Washington Post Book World
"A fast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last." --San Antonio Express-News
"Limón's fiction comes from personal experience, with some obvious parallels between his own life and main protagonist Sueño's. As well as sharing a Hispanic heritage, Limón also served in Korea, first arriving in 1968 . . . Rare foreign fiction set in Korea." --The Korea Times
Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of twelve previous Sueño and Bascom investigations: Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha's Money, The Door to Bitterness, The Wandering Ghost, GI Bones, Mr. Kill, The Joy Brigade, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, Ping-Pong Heart, The Nine-Tailed Fox, and The Line as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.