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Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #4)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Praise for Martin Limón:

“It’s great to have these two mavericks back. . . . Mr. Limón writes with gruff respect for the culture of Seoul and with wonderful bleak humor, edged in pain, about GI life in that exotic city.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Combining the grim routine of a modern police procedural with the cliff-hanging action of a thrilling movie serial . . . f
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Soho Crime
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James Thane
This is another in Martin Limon's engaging series about two Army CIDs in the South Korea of the 1970s. As the book opens Sergeant George Sueno is approached by an attriactive woman in a bar. The next thing he knows, he's waking up the next morning in an alley, drugged and hit over the head. Even worse, his badge, identity card and gun are missing.

George and his partner, Ernie Bascom, search desperately to recover the stolen items. But then they are called to the scene of a casino robbery and hom
THE DOOR TO BITTERNESS. (2005). Martin Limon. ***.
I met Mr. Limon at the Bouchercon Convention about a year-and-a-half ago. I told him how much I had enjoyed his first three novels featuring his CID duo, Sergeants Sueno and Bascom, but I had lost track of him and his work. Turned out that I was two novels behind, and this is novel number four in the series. It doesn’t have the same intensity as his first three, but is still a top-notch police procedural. Limon’s twist is that his novels are set
Wayne Zurl
I've enjoyed other Sueno & Bascom Army CID novels, but think if you want to experience the flavor of Korea less than 20 years after the war, this is the one to read. I've been to every one of the places Martin Limon mentions in the story: Seoul, Itaewan, Yoju, Inchon, ASCOM City, etc. and he nails each one with the sights, sounds and SMELLS of the area. The plot is good, with Sueno being set up and dropped into a fermenting crock of kimchee. He's doped by a hooker and loses his gun and crede ...more
Gabriel Oak
I'd have gone four stars, but the conclusion was too pat for me. Nevertheless, this is a fun detective mystery set in Korea in the 1970s. The detectives are a pair of US military CID investigators, one white and one Chicano, and the mystery is used as a backdrop for exploring the aftermath of the Korean War.
Another riveting read with Bascom and Sueno chasing perps all over Korea. This was as good as Buddha's Money. What starts out as a mugging and loss of face for Sueno quickly escalates into robbery and murders involving his stolen pistol. Drunken GI's and slighted half-breed Koreans make for a volatile mix. As usual the duo antagonizes their immediate superiors by totally avoiding them and detecting incommunicado. However,they have the full confidence of their 4 star CG,who summons them for a per ...more
Such a sad, sad story of revenge. No one ends up a winner here at all. I really liked this one because it focused so much on the crimes, chasing down the suspects and resolving the story cleanly. There wasn't a lot of personal sidelines here which I kind of liked - not so much of Ernie meeting/pursuing women which I think is better.
This is another in the series about two US Military Police operatives in South Korea during the late 1960s & early 1970s. One of them, George Sueño, gets mugged (while completely drunk) in a back alley near a military base. He loses his pistol, credentials, money, etc. Worse, the perpetrators start using his gun and creds to commit crimes. The criminals in this case are members of a class of Koreans who are held in very low regard: those who are of mixed race. This is most a interesting look ...more
One of a well observed series following two enlisted Criminal Investigation Division detectives in the U.S. Army in Korea during the mid-1970s just after the end of the war in Vietnam. Sargent George Sueno is a tough but sensitive Chicano who has learned some of the language and customs of their often unwilling hosts; Sargent Ernie Bascom is an even tougher but much less sensitive battering ram who works best when his superiors in the Eighth Army leave him alone although that rarely happens.

I have really been enjoying the Sergeants Sueno/Bascom detective novels. This one started off with a bit less pizzaz than the other three I read but it ended with a bang. I really get into the unorthodox yet effective ways these two guys go about their business. And I especially like that Sueno really comes from his heart in how he deals with both foes and allies.
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Recommended in the book, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.
Jemera Rone
love this series. highly recommend.
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Martin Limon retired from U.S. military service after 20 years in the Army, including a total of ten years in Korea. He and his wife live in Seattle. He is the author of Jade Lady Burning, which was a New York Times Notable Book, Slicky Boys and Buddha's Money.
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Jade Lady Burning (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #1) Slicky Boys (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #2) Mr. Kill (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom, #7) G.I. Bones (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #6) Wandering Ghost (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #5)

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