Play the Red Queen

Juris Jurjevics

ISBN: 9781641291378

Published: February 11, 2020

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Juris Jurjevics

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The posthumous masterwork by critically acclaimed author, storied publisher, and Viet Nam veteran Juris Jurjevics—the story of two American GI cops caught in the corrupt cauldron of a Vietnamese civil war stoked red hot by revolution.

Viet Nam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, c...

The posthumous masterwork by critically acclaimed author, storied publisher, and Viet Nam veteran Juris Jurjevics—the story of two American GI cops caught in the corrupt cauldron of a Vietnamese civil war stoked red hot by revolution.

Viet Nam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteen thousand American servicemen are stationed in Viet Nam “advising” the military and government. Among them are Ellsworth Miser and Clovis Robeson, two army investigators who have been tasked with tracking down the daring killer.

Set in the besieged capital of a new nation on the eve of the coup that would bring down the Diem regime and launch the Americans into the Viet Nam War, Play the Red Queen is Juris Jurjevics’s capstone contribution to a lifelong literary legacy: a tour-de-force mystery-cum-social history, breathtakingly atmospheric and heartbreakingly alive with the laws and lawlessness of war.

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“Juris Jurjevics has brilliantly accomplished [the] seamless combining of a genre form with the deep resonance of literary art. ”
—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“Juris Jurjevics has achieved the seemingly irreconcilable by bringing the Vietnam War back and simultaneously making it new. ”
—Jim Morris, author of War Story
“A whopper . . . Relentlessly fascinating. ”
The New York Sun
“Infectious.”
USA Today