The stories within have been published over the last twenty years in a variety of magazines, mostly in Alfred Hitchcock , but have never before been available in book form. This beautifully produced limited-edition hardcover volume is sure to attract both critical attention and to appeal to collectors. A must-have for literary mystery readers. Martin Limonretired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea.
He lives near Seattle. From the Trade Paperback edition. Buy at Local Store. Average Rating. Uniform Title:. Short stories. George Sueno and Ernie Bascom mysteries. Available from another library. Quick Copy View. Also in This Series. More Like This. Table of Contents. Nightmare range. Loading Excerpt Author Notes.
The only problem is that when you mix soldiers into a country with a lot of temptation, there will be crime. That is where George and Ernie step into the picture. Their only problem is that they always see a crime to the end even if it means ruffling the feathers of their commanding officers. So they often get stuck with the worst cases. George and Ernie are experts in "running the ville".
The ville is the area near the base that soldiers go to for entertainment lots of bars and brothels with the black market thrown into the mix. These 17 stories were written between and Most of the stories appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. One of the really intersting things about this collection is seeing the progression in Martin Limon's writing. The earlier stories are very straightforward and tend to be fairly similar. There are almost no red herrings and the criminals seem to want to be caught. So they all seem to be George and Ernie hear about a case and go arrest the bad guy.
But the later stories develop more complexity and seem to stand apart from each other.
The stories seem to have their own "voice" while staying true to the series. The stories are gritty and tend toward the dark.
Strangely enough, even though it is gritty and dealing with soldiers, there is not much language that would offend. There isn't a whole lot of character development but these are short stories so I wouldn't expect too much. Even without a lot of character development, I did feel like I got to know George and Ernie fairly well. George and Ernie's main interests are drinking, chasing women and solving crimes no matter the cost. Feb 18, Rowena Hoseason rated it really liked it. Some of these tales are challenging or unsettling; others grim but morally satisfying.
The military details and the aura of authenticity about the place, period and situation feels entirely credible. Necessarily then they repeat the background info, and they share a tone and tempo which can become a little over-powering if you read them all at once. Best to read them in between other books, to ensure that each episode retains its full impact. Mar 14, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Nightmare Range is a hard boiler set in the bases around the Korea country during the Korea war. It is a collected stories about two military police detectives who go around solving various high profiled cases with political and personal impacts on the G.
Riddled with rituals, shrines, even shaman, and Korea language, where G. I r Nightmare Range is a hard boiler set in the bases around the Korea country during the Korea war. I really like both characters, couple of mavericks who refuse to cooperate with the brass's goal of keeping it quiet even at the expense of innocents being held for questioning via the Korea police rubber hoses or sucker punches to the stomach. Also walking around with brass knuckles in the pockets of the black jacket with the dragon stitched on the back, jeans and sneakers, and the narrator by his partner's side with a 45 in a shoulder harness is a bad assed way to be on the job.
Apr 25, Janet Newport rated it really liked it Shelves: first-read-wins , reads , exotic-locale. I have read several of Martin Limon's full length novels featuring George and Ernie and have enjoyed them all. While these short stories lacked the plot complexities found in the novels, the characters of George and Ernie shine in the short stories. While neither of them have much use for "the brass", they are savvy enough to I won a copy of Nightmare Range from Goodreads First Reads give away.
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While neither of them have much use for "the brass", they are savvy enough to recognize the need to appear to appease "the brass" George is the "thinker" while Ernie is the "doer" most of the time. Both are likeable characters. There is some redundancy in the broad themes of these stories investigation of the black market, etc , but I imagine there was a lot more redundancy for those that lived through this, Jul 26, Monica rated it liked it Shelves: asian , crime-and-or-evil , historical.
I find the characters and the setting in these stories more interesting than the plots. Occupied Korea during the Vietnam era has its own set of challenges - the combination of vigilance and boredom, the racial and cultural clashes - East vs West, military vs civilian, officers vs grunts,johns vs business girls - it goes on and on. Sueno and Bascomb are good foils for each other - Sueno more educated and in tune with the Korean culture, Bascomb brash, hot headed and frequently troublesome.
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The po I find the characters and the setting in these stories more interesting than the plots. The politics and the interactions of the two Arm CID officers with the Korean military police are frequently fraught, occasionally cooperative. The politics on the base - officers' wives vs Korean brides, and much interdepartmental ass covering, rings very true.
Jul 14, Jean-Paul Adriaansen rated it it was amazing. Sergeant George Sueno and his pal Ernie are agents for the U.
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South Korea is still recuperating from the Korean War and is not yet the rising economic star of the East. In this collection of short stories our protagonists try to solve all kind of crimes, from minor black market operations by Korean spouses of US military to murder.
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I was surprised how real it all felt; the author must have written this out of experien Sergeant George Sueno and his pal Ernie are agents for the U. I was surprised how real it all felt; the author must have written this out of experience. There's a lot of empathy for the Korean People as well for the young GI's who are dropped in a totally unknown but year old culture.
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Great read, great encounter with South Korea and the overseas world of the US military. Dec 15, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , military , mystery-rok. I think these short stories are even better than the novels. They do a great job of portraying both Korean and military culture. Death, whether merited or not, is a constant theme of all these stories.
There is a tragic, matter of factness about the storytelling. Greed, lust, love, and humor are all here and Sueno and Bascom are unrelenting in attempting to find out the truth, sometimes just to antagonize the brass. I was sad to see the end of these short story adventures. Would love to see some I think these short stories are even better than the novels.
Would love to see some more short stories about them to include Sueno as an old man, retired from the Army telling some vignettes. May 01, April rated it really liked it Shelves: I love detective stories and lept at the chance to read stories about detectives working somewhere not the UK or America. Sueno is my favorite kind of detective - goodhearted, honest and clever. Also love that this character actually makes an effort to learn the language and the motivations, attitudes, and traditions of the Korean people around him, something Excellent short story collection featuring Mexican-American George Sueno and his partner Ernie Bascom, two CID agents stationed in Korea.
Also love that this character actually makes an effort to learn the language and the motivations, attitudes, and traditions of the Korean people around him, something his partner doesn't much bother with. Highly recommended if you love detective stories! Jul 16, Kiwi rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. I won this on goodreads.
It's a collection of very intersting stories based in Korea. I have to say this book was pretty good, considering how quickly I read it. I have never heard of this author before this book and I have to say, judging from this book, I am probably going to read more books by this author. Feb 11, Darrin rated it really liked it. The best of which is "The Woman from Hamhung". Having lived in Korea for 8 years myself I can tell Mr. Apr 09, Mookamania rated it really liked it. A good collection of stories that are recognizable if you have read his previous books.
The stories seems to serve as the basic premise and earlier works that was flushed out to complete his other books.
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