Play the Red Queen

December 6, 2020
Play the Red Queen

The posthumous masterwork by critically acclaimedauthor, storied publisher, and Viet Nam veteran Juris Jurjevics—thestory of two American GI cops caught in the corrupt cauldron of aVietnamese civil war stoked red hot by revolution.Viet Nam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling theboulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with asingle pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter.Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteenthousand American servicemen are stationed in Viet Nam "advising"the military and government. Among them are Ellsworth Miser andClovis Robeson, two army investigators who have been tasked withtracking down the daring killer.Set in the besieged capital of a new nation on the eve of thecoup that would bring down the Diem regime and launch the Americansinto the Viet Nam War, Play the Red Queen is JurisJurjevics's capstone contribution to a lifelong literary legacy: atour-de-force mystery-cum-social history, breathtakinglyatmospheric and heartbreakingly alive with the laws and lawlessnessof war.