It’s the West Coast book launch for local Lisa Brackmann, the New York Times-bestselling author of Rock, Paper, Tiger, and her latest thriller, Go-Between. Joining her is fellow Soho Crime author Martin Limon, who writes the gritty U.S. military policemen series set in 1960s-1970s South Korea. Go-Between features Emily, who is running her own bistro in Humboldt County and living with volunteer firefighter Jeff. She thought she had escaped her old life, but when an old enemy tracks her down, she has no choice but to wade into dirty politics and the private prison industry.
Ping Pong Heart, Limon’s eleventh title in the Sueno and Bascom series, has the two cops investigating a petty theft case that escalates into murder. Their investigation takes them to the Army’s counterintelligence arm responsible for tracking North Korean spies.
Guest Host Timothy Hallinan (King Maybe) will guide readers through Lisa and Martin's tangled suspenseful worlds.
An all-too-realistic thriller about for-profit prisons, big-money politics, shady non-profits, the war on drugs and the people who would kill to keep the system intact
Emily runs a successful bistro in Humboldt County, California, where she lives with her boyfriend, Jeff, a volunteer firefighter. A lot of her best customers are in the cannabis business, but so what? It s true, firefighting isn t really Jeff s main job that would be flying Humboldt s finest weed to out-of-state customers. And sure, he isn t really Emily s boyfriend, more like the guy she s stuck with by circumstance. Actually, his name isn t Jeff, it s Danny; and Emily s real name is Michelle Mason, although no one can ever know that. She s on the run from her past which has just caught up with her. Gary, an ex-CIA agent who got her and Danny into this whole mess has just shown up in Humboldt County. Michelle should have killed him when she had the chance, but now she s stuck playing Gary s game and if she loses, she or someone close to her will pay the ultimate price.
South Korea, 1974. CID Sergeants George Sueano and Ernie Bascom are assigned an underwhelming case of petty theft: Major Frederick M. Schulz has accused Miss Jo Kyong-Ja, an Itaewon bar girl, of stealing a hundred thousand won from him--a sum equaling less than fifty US dollars. After two very divergent accounts of what happened, Miss Jo is attacked in the night, and Schulz is found hacked to death only days later. Did tensions simply escalate to the point of murder? Looking into other motives for Schulz's death, George and Ernie discover that he was investigating the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion: the Army's counterintelligence arm, dedicated solely to tracking North Korean spies. The division is rife with suspects, but it's dangerous to speak out against them in a period of Cold War finger-pointing. While they're used to breaking 8th Army rules, as George and Ernie go head-to-head with the powerful, intimidating Captain Lance Blood, they learn that messing with the 501st can have very personal consequences.
Ellie McEnroe is an Iraq War vet living in Beijing, where she represents the work of cutting-edge Chinese political artists. She has one bum leg, a taste for dumplings and beer, and a sweet-tempered rescue mutt for a roommate. She also has Chinese Domestic Security on her tail and a dwindling number of Percocets to get her through her bad days.
And she s about to have some bad days. The immensely powerful and occasionally homicidal Shanghai billionaire Sidney Cao has asked Ellie to investigate his son s suspicious new American business partner. Ellie knows she can t refuse and is grudgingly swept up into the elite social circles of Sidney s three children: debauched Guwei, rebellious Meimei and social climber Tiantian. When a waitress is murdered at one of Tiantian s parties, the last thing Ellie wants is to get sucked into a huge scandal involving China s rich and powerful. But Ellie quickly becomes the most convenient suspect. She realizes she ll have to figure out who really did it and even that might not be enough to save herself.
How much can murder buy on the black market in 1974 South Korea?
South Korea, 1970s: A young Korean woman dressed in a traditional "chima-jeogori" is found strangled to death on the frozen banks of the Sonyu River with only a carefully calligraphed poem in her sleeve. George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, sergeants in the US 8th Army CID, are called in by the formidable KNP detective Gil Kwon-up to investigate. George and Ernie's job is to liaise with Korean law enforcement on matters that may involve or implicate 8th Army American servicemen.
But as they learn about the case, George and Ernie realize this isn't their jurisdiction the nearby village of Sonyu-ri is occupied by the US Army's 2nd Infantry Division, a disciplined and often brutal force that won't stand for outside officers questioning its men. All that George and Ernie are able to glean before being kicked out of town is that they are close to the truth and that a mysterious smuggler, known locally as "the Ville Rat," holds the key to the woman's murder.
Luckily, the pair is officially assigned another investigation in the area, which allows them to continue nosing around for answers. They are to elucidate the circumstances of a shooting incident between a young African American private and his white supervising chief. Racial tensions run high, and George and Ernie must tread carefully to solve both cases. But they aren't exactly known for going out of their way to avoid stepping on US Army toes, and this is no exception.
Junior Bender finds himself caught in a Hollywood revenge plot epic enough for the silver screen.
Los Angeles's most talented burglar, Junior Bender, is in the middle of stealing one of the world's rarest stamps from a professional killer when his luck suddenly turns sour. It takes an unexpected assist to get him out alive, but his escape sets off a chain reaction of blackmail, strong-arming, and escalating crime. By the time Junior is forced to commit his third burglary of the week in the impregnable fortress that's home to the ruthless studio mogul called King Maybe he's beginning to wish he d just let the killer take a crack at him.