A comic-sardonic first novel, set in 1959 at a remote army base in that far northern frozen wasteland, charts the chaotic experiences of Corporal Rudy Spruance, an engaging misfit assigned to produce a camp newspaper sufficiently entertaining to raise the morale of the base’s numerous wounded and traumatized Korean War casualties. Rudy is no Yossarian, though echoes of Catch-22 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest abound—especially in ominous references to “the Wing,” a mysterious enclave that looms in the background like a witch’s house implanted in a fairy tale. Griesemer handles these overly familiar materials with brio and skill; if only Joe Heller hadn’t got there and planted his flag first . . . .