The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee

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Read The Investigation Online Free - Fukuoka Prison, 1944. Beyond the prison walls, the war rages. Inside, a man is found brutally murdered. What follows is a searing portrait of Korea before their civil war, and a testimony to the redemptive power of poetry.

Watanabe Yuichi, a young guard with a passion for reading, is ordered to investigate a murder. The victim, Sugiyama, also a guard, was feared and despised throughout the prison and inquiries have barely begun when a powerful inmate confesses. But Watanabe is unconvinced; and as he interrogates both the suspect and Yun Dong-ju, a talented Korean poet, he starts to realize that the fearsome guard was not all he appeared to be...

As Watanabe unravels Sugiyama's final months, he begins to discover what is really going on inside this dark and violent institution, which few inmates survive: a man who will stop at nothing to dig his way to freedom; a governor whose greed knows no bounds; a little girl whose kite finds an unlikely friend. And Yun Dong-ju—the poet whose works hold such beauty the can break the hardest of hearts.

As the war moves towards its devastating close and bombs rain down upon the prison, Watanabe realizes that he must find a way to protect Yun Dong-ju, no matter what it takes. As he digs further and further in to his investigation, the young guard discovers a devastating truth.

At once a captivating mystery and an epic lament for lost freedom and humanity, The Investigation, inspired by a true story, is a sweeping and gripping tale by an international literary star.

Title : The Investigation
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ISBN : 1605988464
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

October 08, 2015

Yuichi, barely twenty, loves the books and poems found within his family's bookstore, often losing himself in literature and hiding away books that he wants to keep for himself. Soon he finds himself in the Japanese army, a mandatory service which leads to him being assigned as a guard in the not...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2013

The Investigation – A Beautiful Story The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee and translated from Korean is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time. It is a beautiful epic story of freedom and humanity, about survival in war and not everything is as it seems, as the saying goes ‘riv...

Olivermagnus rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2017

The Investigation is set in a prison camp in Fukuoka, Japan, near the end of World War II. It focuses on the life and death of Korean poet, Yun Dong-ju. During the time I was reading the book, I was unaware the he was an actual person and did, in fact, die while being held in a Japanese prison ca...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

June 11, 2014

(3.5) “If you have to bet on something, I suggest you choose hope.” In the frigid January of 1945, narrator Watanabe Yuichi, a 19-year-old Japanese student soldier at Fukuoka Prison, is tasked with investigating the gruesome murder of his fellow guard, Sugiyama Dozan. Although Fukuoka is in Manch...

Bill rated it ★★★☆☆

January 25, 2016

My library has this book filed under the mystery section. While there is a murder in the book, I have chosen to put it on my historical fiction shelf, as a large part of the book is to do with the real life poet Yun Dong-ju. The entire book is set in a Japanese prison in 1944. At the very beginnin...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2014

Thank you kindly to the publisher for the Advance Reading Copy. Fukuoka Prison, 1944. Beyond the prison walls the war rages; inside a man is found brutally murdered. Watanabe, a young guard with a passion for reading, is tasked with finding the killer. The victim, Sugiyama – also a guard – was fea...

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

July 30, 2015

At first I thought this was a Japanese novel, but it's actually Korean. It's set in a Japanese prison with several Korean inmates, a piece of history I hadn't known about. At first this book seems like a crime novel, but it's actually about poetry and empathy. It can be a little tricky keeping ta...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2016

like a 3.75 rounded up Right around mid-December, someone in the publishing industry posted his/her list of best crime novels of 2015, and this book was on it. I remember thinking that at the time I bought it, it didn't really seem like a crime novel, and I thought the reference on the best-of lis...

Libros Prestados rated it ★★★★☆

March 23, 2015

Este libro me ha sorprendido. Esperaba encontrarme una especie de thriller en el que hay que descubrir a un asesino, y por el contrario, descubrí una historia intimista, evocadora y triste. Tecnicamente, sí podemos decir que es una historia en la que se resuelve un asesinato, pero también es much...

Mandy rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2014

Translated from Korean and inspired by the real-life Korean poet Yun Dong-ju, many of whose poems are to be found in the book, this is an unusual and deeply moving novel about the power of literature and words, the quest for beauty in the face of savagery and the redemption that can be found in f...

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