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Jade Lady Burning (A Sergeants Sueño and Bascom Novel #1) (Paperback)
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Meet Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom in their first investigation, set in 1970s South Korea
Almost twenty years after the end of the Korean War, the US Military is still present throughout South Korea, and tensions run high. Koreans look for any opportunity to hate the soldiers who drink at their bars and carouse with their women. When Pak Ok-suk, a young Korean woman, is found brutally murdered in a torched apartment in the Itaewon red-light district of Seoul, it looks like it might be the work of her American soldier boyfriend. Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom, Military Police for the US 8th Army, are assigned to the case, but they have nothing to go on other than a tenuous connection to an infamous prostitute. As repressed resentments erupt around them, the pair sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to find evidence that will exonerate their countryman.
About 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 eleven 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.
Praise for Jade Lady Burning
A New York Times Notable Book
"It is not often that so impressive a debut as Jade Lady Burning appears . . . Compassionately written, searing in its intensity. Without ever trying to be 'literary,' this novel achieves the stature of literature."
—The New York Times Book Review
"[George] has a detailed eye that allows the reader to fully appreciate the people and places around him without feeling bogged down with descriptions. This is a story that twists and turns . . . It’s realistic and fun, but doesn’t shy away from the reality of their situation. Definitely something to check out!"
—The Tulsa Examiner
Praise for the George Sueño and Ernie Bascom series
“What a great gift any of Limon's six mysteries starring Army Sgts. George Sueno and Ernie Bascom would make for those mystery lovers who haven't yet discovered them! . . . Imbued with affecting characters, a morally knotty storyline, and a last chapter that just plain stuns.”
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR
“Limón, who was stationed in Korea for the Army, writes with empathy for the Korean people as well for the young GIs dropped into a foreign culture.”
—The Boston Globe
“Easily the best military mysteries in print today.”
“[Limón] vividly contrasts adventures in the seamy side of Seoul’s nightlife with a sensitive appreciation for Korea’s ancient culture.”
—The Seattle Times
“This series is a must not only for procedural fans, but also for anyone who enjoys crime fiction set in distinctive international locales.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
“Excellent . . . A vivid view of Asia, from the Demilitarized Zone to the Yellow Sea, and an insightful look at the era.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“[The Ville Rat’s] searing portrait of the sins of our recent past bids fair to transcend the genre.”