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Buddha's Money (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #3)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  119 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This grisly, terrifying thriller follows CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom across the Korean Peninsula in their search for a lost artifact

South Korea, 1970s: Retired Army officer Herman Burkowicz has quite a lucrative setup smuggling rare Korean artifacts. But then his nine-year-old foster daughter, Mi-ja, is abducted, and her kidnappers demand a ransom Burkowicz d
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Soho Crime (first published 1998)
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Woody Chandler
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whotta read! "Grisly" is apropos, but it was in context with the theme of the plot.

It was ironic in that I had just placed an order through Better World Books for a copy when I was shelving "Slicky Boys" that I found a copy of this one that I already owned! I do not know if it made the move with me from my parents' house to Chez Woody nearly nine years ago or if I bought it & shelved it, wanting to read the series in order.

I could have ready it more quickly, but because book #4 is still in
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bottoms, 2016-reads
PROTAGONISTS: Sgts. George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, CID agents
SETTING: South Korea
SERIES: #3 of 12
RATING: 2.75
WHY: George Sueno and Ernie Bascom are investigators for the Eighth army with most of their activity taking place in Itaewon, where soldiers spend their off time. They interrupt the assault of a Buddhist nun by a GI, which causes national upheaval. But their main case involves the kidnapping of a the daughter of a retired Army officer, "Herman the German". The ransom was a valuable old ja
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely say that there we some things about this book that truly horrified me and I don't usually get along well with being horrified. This installment deals with how Sueno and Bascom are used/played by some evil people and in the long run, while they tried hard to do the right thing - no one ends up any better off and so many end up injured or dead. But it's a strong, well crafted story. I'm surprised Limon isn't one of those authors that are more celebrated but perhaps it's because he ...more
Tom Johnson
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sueno & Bascom #3: “Buddha’s Money” by Martin Limon. While working the Itaewon red light district in Seoul looking for black market activity, CID agents Sergeants Sueno & Bascom are contacted by business girl (prostitute) Sooki, who tells them a nun has been attacked. She leads them to an alley where they hear a fight in progress and stop a black American soldier from beating a Korean nun. The American escapes, and the boys take the nun to the KNP police station, but locals think they ar ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-rok
I really enjoyed this one, the third in the series. It's unbelievable but at the same time a page turner. Our two CID agents,Bascom and Sueno, are involved in a life and death race against time to find a jade skull and deliver it to some violent Buddhist kidnappers of a young Korean girl. It's like Indiana Jones meets a Christopher Moore book at times. It's flip, funny, and suspenseful with violence and evil thrown in. We escape Seoul to Suwon, Taejon, and some off shore islands. There are the u ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third in a series about two unconventional army CID agents in 1970s (?) Korea. Each book seems to be better than the one before, so I will continue reading more. The complex story is woven in a way that I didn't want to put the book down. Plus, I kept getting surprised by the turn of events and the rolls of all the characters. There were some brutal scenes, so this one is not for the faint of heart.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The action is set in Seoul, South Korea in the '90s. Two Army CID officers get caught up/ set up in a scam to still a Buddhist relic. With a little girl's life at stake, it's a race against time - and they lose. But the story isn't over. Lots of action, political unrest, Royal arrogance, religious pride and the inscrutable ways of the Orient all combine to make a fairly readable action/mystery.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The setting is interesting and quite unique. This is definitely the weakest of the three I have read in the series. The violence is highly unpleasant and feels excessive. The characters feel more street level rather than dealing with such large and over the top threats.
I will read more books by this author but feel this was not up to his usual standard.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
wooden characters, missing sense of fun, brutal storyline involving ten year old girl--much less enjoyment than other titles in this series
C. Atteridge
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
as a military brat it brought back memories of the
sometimes hilarious vernacular of asian outposts.
that was the best part for me.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
My third Sueno and Bascom novel in a short time and the least satisfying of the lot. Too bleak and too sad.
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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 (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Slicky Boys (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #2)
  • Door to Bitterness (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #4)
  • Wandering Ghost (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #5)
  • 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   (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom, #9)
  • The Ville Rat	(Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #10)
  • Ping-Pong Heart (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #11)

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