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Nightmare Range: The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories

Tekijä: Martin Limón

Sarjat: Sueño and Bascom (collected short stories)

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Twenty years ago, Martin Limón published his first mystery story featuring Sergeant George Sueño, a young Mexican American army detective stationed on the US 8th 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 8th 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. George Sueño's job is partially to solve crimes, but mostly to cover top brass's 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.

Nine critically acclaimed novels later, Soho Crime is releasing a collection of Martin Limón's award-winning short stories featuring Sergeants Sueño and Bascom. The stories within 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 beautifully produced limited-edition hardcover volume is sure to attract both critical attention and to appeal to collectors. A must-have for literary mystery r
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Martin Limón's short stories are as good as his novels. The best of which is "The Woman from Hamhung". Having lived in Korea for 8 years myself I can tell Mr. Limón has a love of the culture that makes me enjoy his books and stories more. ( )
  DarrinLett | Aug 14, 2022 |
This anthology of short stories serves as an ideal introduction to the world of Sueño and Bascome, American army investigators in South Korea during the 1970s. If you enjoy Martin Limón’s full-length novels then these mini-mysteries will be a welcome to return to the sweltering, sex-soaked streets of the Ville, where servicemen spend their R&R hours and their dollars, where black marketeers seek to turn a shilling on every transaction, and where working girls are so very often the victims of indiscriminate violence.

Limón is a gifted writer, capable of dragging the reader into this exotic, intimidating and at time painfully poignant environment with minimal explanation or introduction. Sueño and Bascombe are military policemen, investigating crimes which involve Americans, from black-market sales of goods from the base, to the assault or murder of Korean nationals which may have a US involvement.

While Bascombe stays firmly in the background – acting as muscle when required – we get to know Sueño in some depth, a man motivated by his own morality and a sense of respect for the local population. He’s no saint – and just as likely to spend a wild night in town with the girls as the next serviceman – but each of these stories reveals his sensitivity to the victim’s plight. He’s one of the few who tries to understand the culture and society surrounding him, and through him Limón reveals the substantial impact of the permanent foreign army which keeps the northern enemy at bay.

Some of these tales are challenging or unsettling; others grim but morally satisfying. It’s to Limón’s credit that he achieves in a short story what many authors struggle to accomplish in an entire novel. The military details and the aura of authenticity about the place, period and situation feels entirely credible.

These stories weren’t written for one anthology, however, and were originally published elsewhere. Necessarily then they repeat the background info, and they share a tone and tempo which can become a little over-powering if you read them all at once. Best to read them in between other books, to ensure that each episode retains its full impact.
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Twenty years ago, Martin Limón published his first mystery story featuring Sergeant George Sueño, a young Mexican American army detective stationed on the US 8th 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 8th 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. George Sueño's job is partially to solve crimes, but mostly to cover top brass's 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.

Nine critically acclaimed novels later, Soho Crime is releasing a collection of Martin Limón's award-winning short stories featuring Sergeants Sueño and Bascom. The stories within 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 beautifully produced limited-edition hardcover volume is sure to attract both critical attention and to appeal to collectors. A must-have for literary mystery r

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