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The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee. Photo: PA Photo/Mantle

The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee. Photo: PA Photo/Mantle

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The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee

A guard has been found dead, hanging from a beam, at Fukuoka Prison, his name is Sugiyama Dozan, and he was feared and despised by the prisoners.

From the start, his death is not considered a suicide but a murder; a steel stake had been stabbed into his heart and his lips sewn shut, and a poem found in his uniform pocket soon intrigues young guard Watanabe Yuichi, who’s given the task of finding his murderer. An inmate soon confesses, but Watanabe isn’t convinced.

It’s impossible not to be moved by this epic story of the struggle to find and remember beauty.