For the past 20 years, mystery fans have followed Martin Limón's tales of the adventures of Sergeant George Sueño in both novel and short-story form. Limón's latest release, The Nightmare Range, is the first ever collection of his Sueño short stories in book form. Limón's Sueño is an army detective stationed in South Korea during the height of the Cold War. A Mexican-American from East L.A., Sueño is partnered with Ernie Bascom, from the suburbs of Detroit. The two characters differ in more than background. Tasked with both solving crimes and keeping the Army's image intact, Sueño struggles with his conscience as he works on cases involving American servicemen who have run afoul of Korean law enforcement. Victims sometimes get lost in the shuffle to bring about a resolution that keeps the Army brass and Korean officials happy. Bascom has no such qualms.
Limón, who like his protagonist was a soldier stationed in Korea as a young man, reads from and signs The Nightmare Range today. Novelist James Benn, the author of A Blind Goddess, featuring Lieutenant Billy Boyle during WWII, joins him at the podium.
6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Tue., Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., 2013