From Publishers Weekly
The turbulent Korean peninsula provides the backdrop to this fine military mystery, the fifth (after 2005's The Door to Bitterness
) to feature U.S. Army criminal investigation agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom. A crack combat unit stationed near the strife-torn demilitarized zone proves strangely uncooperative when a military policewoman disappears. The missing soldier had made herself unpopular with her chain of command when she attempted to testify against two GIs who accidentally killed a Korean schoolgirl while speeding. As Sueño and Bascom dig past the obfuscation, they uncover an unsavory mix of black marketeering, sexual harassment, corruption, rape and murder, risking disgrace in their quest to find their fellow cop before it's too late. Limón, a veteran who spent 10 years stationed in the Republic of Korea, captures precisely the experience and atmosphere of the tension that exists between the American military and South Korean society, two vastly different worlds bound together only by realpolitik. (Nov.)
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In their fifth outing, agents George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, of the Eighth Army Criminal Investigations Division in Seoul, Korea, are sent to Camp Casey, on Korea's Demilitarized Zone. Their assignment: find a female MPthe second Division's first female MPwho has gone missing. What they immediately find is palpable hostility to their presence and evidence that criminal activities abound at Camp Casey: sexual harassment of female soldiers, black marketeering, and possibly murder. With an investigative technique that is as subtle as frontal assault, mayhem ensues, again and again, with Sueno and Bascom barely escaping death each time. The great strength of this novel is the author's painfully and chillingly plausible portrait of Korea and the U.S. army. Korea is portrayed as beautiful but poor and dependent on U.S. dollars and military protection. The army is shown to be an arrogant bureaucracy largely contemptuous of Korea and its people. Fans of crime and military fiction may find this an eye-opener. Gaughan, Thomas