05/11/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Wandering Souls' Subject Contacts Family Of A Man He Killed In Vietnam

The author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction, Karlin, 64, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963 and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967, mainly as a helicopter gunner. His experience there has informed much of his work, including his latest book, "Wandering Souls: Journeys With the Dead and the Living in Vietnam," which was published late last year.

The book recounts Army 1st Lt. Homer Steedly's quest to find peace for himself and for the family of Hoang Ngoc Dam, a 25-year-old Vietnamese soldier Steedly killed in Vietnam.

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