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The Wandering Ghost (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #5)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Praise for Martin Limón:

"It's great to have these two mavericks back. . . . Mr. Limón writes with . . . wonderful, bleak humor, edged in pain, about GI life."-The New York Times Book Review

"Limón's crisp, clear storytelling opens a door to another world and leaves one hoping the next installment won't be so long in arriving."-The Baltimore Sun

"Limón has the military

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Published (first published November 1st 2007)
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James Thane
This is the fifth book in Martin Limon's excellent series set in the South Korea of the 1970s and featuring George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, two Army officers from the Criminal Investigations Division. Sueno, the narrator, is the brains of the pair and the one who will usually attempt to find a peaceful resolution to the difficult situations in which he and his partner all too often find themselves. Bascom has the shorter fuse and would sooner use his brawn rather than his brains, and together the ...more
I really like this series by Seattle author Martin Limon, which features two tough Criminal Investigation Division detectives assigned to solve military crimes in South Korea in the early 70's. The protagonist, Sueno, is Hispanic from the streets of Los Angeles, and brings a senstivity to the cultural clash between the 4,000 year old Korean society and the American Army. This one features a search for a missing female Military Policeman which leads to possible links with several other deaths, in ...more
THE WANDERING GHOST. (2007). Martin Limon. ***.
There’s a danger present when you read an author’s books too close together. Pretty soon, the formula – especially that of a police procedural – becomes apparent, and you begin to start predicting which direction the story will turn. I found that happening to me with this novel by Mr. Limon, just after reading “The Door to Bitterness.” This doesn’t mean that this isn’t a good mystery, just that it’s harder to surprise me. This is another in the con
I read "Slicky Boys" by the same author, featuring the same characters, some years back. I can't say I am overly impressed with the characters. I found the setting of the story quite interesting. The story is set in Korea in the 1970's, near the De-militarized zone. Much of the background, culture, etc. was interesting to me, probably because both of my children were adopted from Korea.

The story was a mystery.. a military policewoman had disappeared and the two are sent to investigate her disap
The fast-paced fifth in Martin Limón's series featuring Sergeants Sueño and Bascom is set on military bases and nearby "villes" in South Korea. Our heroes manage to down vast quantities of the local OB beer in their investigative efforts to solve the mysteries of a missing soldier, a dead soldier, and a local schoolgirl who's been run down by a military truck, among other things. Limón spent 10 years in the U.S. Army in Korea and it shows in his knowledge of the military scene and subculture, ri ...more
What could have been a good plot gets bogged down in interminable chases across the Korean countryside and towns; these go on and on and on to the point of screaming-pitch boredom. Hundred pages too long -at least.
Dec 07, 2012 Juha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like intelligent thrillers set in exotic localities
This is the third (at least) of Martin Limon's novels set in South Korea of the 1970s that I've read over the years. Told from the point of view of George Sueno, a Californian chicano MP with the US Army, the books are equally heavy on local color and historical understanding as they are on action. Also refreshing is Limon's biting cynicism about the US military, especially at this time when America has become increasingly and excessively militaristic, when the heroes of the armed forces are bey ...more
Limon just keeps getting better. Couldn't put this one down. The dynamic duo are called to the DMZ region to find a missing MP, a woman MP. A congressional inquiry has precipated their visit. They don't encounter much cooperation from the local command which is not connecting the dots to other related incidents. Perhaps they don't want to connect the dots. Is it embarassment or willful misconduct by a cabal of honchos from both the US and the ROK. I don't always agree with the wrap-up of the sto ...more
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Catherine Pettigrew
Didn't finish it. Found I didnt care what happened to everyone. For all the character developement there wasnt' anything that counted; All of them fairly stereotypical.
Like alot of american fiction it reads like a movie script.
I'll jump to the end and bunny hop backwards to pick up the thread of the story that i am interested in.
For some reason this book isn't listed in the series order. Yet, this was the best so far. Sueno and Bascom go about solving various crimes in their unorthodox ways and again have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate their pursuit of justice as they come from their hearts as well as their brawn.
I prefered G.I. Bones, but this one is also very good, and packed with action. This time Sueno and his friend (who should learn to wait a little longer before starting a fight), are looking for a disappeared women soldier. Boy! it sure feels that no one is honest in the army...
Jemera Rone
Another one of the rather quirky detectives who are in the military stationed in South Korea in the 1970s. The hero, a Chicano from LA who speaks Korean, is sought out by locals to investigate an old murder. I enjoy these stories and their setting.
This is one of a series about 2 investigators in the US military police in Korea in the 1970. This is a fine page turner.
Maree Cox-Baker

I was disappointed with this book. Would probably make an ok action film, but not a great book.
Catherine Woodman
Cross cultural murder mystery--well written and not the usual fare.
Katrina Tan
FAst paced and entertaining, as usual.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sergeants Sueño and Bascom (9 books)
  • Jade Lady Burning (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #1)
  • Slicky Boys (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #2)
  • Buddha's Money (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #3)
  • Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #4)
  • G.I. Bones (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #6)
  • Mr. Kill (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom, #7)
  • The Joy Brigade (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #8)
  • The Iron Sickle
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) Buddha's Money (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #3)

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