Door to Bitterness

Door to Bitterness Praise for Martin Lim n It s great to have these two mavericks back Mr Lim n writes with gruff respect for the culture of Seoul and with wonderful bleak humor edged in pain about GI life in that exo

  • Title: Door to Bitterness
  • Author: Martin Limón
  • ISBN: 9781569474044
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Praise for Martin Lim n It s great to have these two mavericks back Mr Lim n 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 fPraise for Martin Lim n It s great to have these two mavericks back Mr Lim n 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 full of sharp observations and unexpected poignancy The Wall Street Journal Sue o and Bascom are two of the most memorable sleuths in the modern mystery canon The Plain Dealer The writing is plain and sinewy, the characterizations are quietly brilliant, and the moral vision is as cold as a Seoul bar girl s gaze The Oregonian The pair of GI cops Martin Lim n first introduced in Jade Lady Burning, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, are back with a vengeance in their latest adventures in Seoul and the sin cities surrounding the capital in the 1970s While North Korea menaces and Vietnam burns, these two weave through back alleys and bordellos, trying to tip the scales of justice back in the right direction This time they are not only pursuing criminals, they re chasing themselves Homicidal thieves have gotten hold of Sue o s badge and are using it to lull their victims just long enough to strike with his gun That they are murderers makes it that much worse for the dynamic duo The army wants its equipment accounted for and the ID and weapon recovered George and Ernie want to recover their reputation, such as it is And stop the killings Martin Lim n is the author of numerous short stories starring his army police duo, as well as three novels The Door to Bitterness is the fourth in the Sue o Bascom series, after Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, and Buddha s Money.

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    • Martin Limón

      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.

    268 thoughts on “Door to Bitterness

    • 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 [...]

    • Another quick, exceptional read. George & Ernie (especially George) find themselves in deep kim chi in this one! Good exposition of Korean traditions. Keep 'em coming!

    • Thanks to James Thane, I am back in the ville with Ernie and George. The action-packed Door to Bitterness sweeps the reader from back alley hovels to a high-end casino. Several people are killed in various ways. I love the descriptions of the countryside and of the Koreans and the Americans, who lived there together in the early 1970s.

    • This is the fourth book in this series set in South Korea in the 1970s. I read the first two in 2004, and the third in 2006. Then this one, the fourth in the series, I just finished. An interesting enough series and idea for a series, but there was always something slightly off, hence the long gaps between reads. And this time the "slightly off" aspect was in full force and no longer slightly off but completely off. The characters were hard to take and unlikeable. Both the killers and the lead m [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • This is really good. I liked the first two books in the series but was disappointed with number three (too unrealistic). The forth installment is back in business with a good mix of action, suspense, koreaness - and a lot of emotions. The character development is agreeable. Even Earnie Bascom has learned a bit more Korean compared to the beginning of the series, while George Sueño is now basically fluent and is becoming more and more Korean for each book.Just by chance I finished reading the bo [...]

    • 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 loo [...]

    • 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. Exc [...]

    • 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.

    • The 4th Sueno & Bascom mystery. This time the two are searching for three persons, one a women with a big smile who rolled Sueno and stole his gun and identity papers, who held up a casino and murdered one of the employees -- with Sueno's gun! It's the beginning of a series of murders connected to family reverence. This is one good story. Sueno & Bascom at their best.

    • I found this book very compelling. I started reading the Sueno/ Bascom books out of order and finished the first just before reading this one. There is a limited amount to write about GIs in Korea--they drink and visit prostitutes. The occasional look inside a Korean home and at the life of an average citizen is welcome. We got a peek at those things in this book.

    • 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.

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