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The Iron Sickle (Hardcover)
When a U.S. Army Claims officer stationed in South Korea is murdered in grisly fashion the roustabout duo of George Sueno and Ernie Bascom go against orders to track a calculating killer.
Early one rainy morning, the head of the 8th United States Army Claims Office in Seoul, South Korea, is brutally murdered by a Korean man in a trench coat with a small iron sickle hidden in his sleeve. The attack is a complete surprise, carefully planned and clinically executed. How did this unidentified Korean civilian get onto the tightly controlled US Army base? And why attack the claims officer is there an unsettled grudge, a claim of damages that was rejected by the US Army?
Against orders, CID agents George Sueno and Ernie Bascom start to investigate. Somehow, no one they speak to has been interviewed yet. The 8th Army isn't great at solving cases, but they aren't usually this bad, either. George and Ernie begin to suspect that someone doesn t want the case solved.
Martin Limon proves once again why he is hailed by his peers as one of the greatest military writers of his time.
About the Author
Martin Limonretired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of numerous books in the Sueno and Bascom series, including theNew York TimesNotableJade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, The Iron Sickle, Nightmare Range, andThe Ville Rat. He lives near Seattle."
Praise for Martin Limón's Sergeant George Sueño Series
"Limón is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today—and valuable slices of history tomorrow."
"Limón is an expert guide to Korea and the U.S. army whose passionate commitment to his subject is expressed in direct, searing prose."
—John Burdett, New York Times bestselling author of Bangkok 8
"[Combines] the grim routine of a modern police procedural with the cliff-hanging action of a thriller movie."
—Wall Street Journal
"[W]hat a great gift any of Limon's six mysteries starring Army Sgts. George Sueno and Ernie Bascom would make for those mystery lovers who haven't yet discovered them! ... Imbued with affecting characters, a morally knotty storyline, and a last chapter that just plain stuns."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org