Two US Army criminal investigators delve into a twenty-year-old murder in South Korea in “easily the best military mysteries in print today” (Lee Child).
A Korean fortune-teller is haunted by a long-dead American soldier who wants his bones found and buried. A Latino soldier and the underage daughter of a white American officer are missing. Several notorious Korean gangsters who own bars in Itaewon—Seoul’s red light district—have been killed. American military police officers George Sueño and Ernie Bascom must dig deep into the bloody history of Itaewon in order to find out who killed the dead soldier, who’s taking revenge on the gang lords, and where to find the missing girl.
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When a Korean fortune-teller claims the spirit of a long dead American soldier is bothering her at the outset of Lim n's well-crafted sixth mystery to feature U.S. Army criminal investigators George Sue o and Ernie Bascom (after 2007's The Wandering Ghost), the pair delve deep into the more than 20-year-old case of Tech. Sgt. Florencio R. Moretti, who went missing in 1953 and is presumed dead. At first, their mission is simply to find Moretti's remains, but as they search for the truth in Seoul's red-light district, Itaewon, they uncover a past of military and government corruption, prostitution and murder. As usual, Sue o and Bascom don't hesitate to put their own lives and careers at risk. Lim n's own experiences as a U.S. soldier stationed in Korea serve to enrich the intricate portrait of 1970s Seoul. While excessive attention to details of Korean language and dialect slow the pace at times, loyal fans and newcomers alike should be pleased. Author tour.