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Lyrical and troubling tale,
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The Investigation by Jung-myung Lee - this is a lyrical and troubling and unusual story. It is set in Fukuoka Prison, 1944, world war 2 is still raging and our sympathies shouldn't normally sit with a Japanese, yet the protagonist Watanabe is likeable sympathetic character - a young conscript who must investigate the murder of a infamous prison guard. The prison mainly houses political prisoners and Koreans - are they criminals, saints or poets? Against this troubled background, Watanabe must seek the truth and in doing so find himself. An ambitious and charming novel.