George Sueño and Ernie Bascom return for their thirteenth outing, which takes them from Seoul to the DMZ in their most politically charged murder case yet.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone, 1970s: A battered corpse is found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea. When 8th Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom pull the body to the South Korean side on orders from their superiors, they have no idea of the international conflict their small action will spark. Before war breaks out, they must discover who killed Corporal Noh Jong-bei, a young Korean soldier working with the US Army.
The murderer could be from either side of the DMZ. But without cooperation between the governments involved, how can two US military agents interrogate North Korean witnesses? What George and Ernie discover gets them pulled off the case, but fearing they’ve put the wrong man behind bars, they disobey orders in an attempt to discover the truth.
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 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, and The Nine-Tailed Fox, as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.
Praise for The Line
"Limón's fiction comes from personal experience, with some obvious parallels between his own life and main protagonist Sueno'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
"Superb . . . Limón has never been better at incorporating a logical mystery plot into the politics of his chosen time and place." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"One of the most powerful episodes in an always-strong series." —Booklist, Starred Review
"[The Line] entertains with its easy banter and fascinates with deep insight into its precise historical moment." —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the Sueño and Bascom Investigations
“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
Praise for The Nine-Tailed Fox “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
”Clever plotting and superior characterizations lift this suspenseful, atmospheric installment.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Afast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last. —San Antonio Express-News