[New in Korean] The lawyer-author returns with the detective story

“Revenge Law Firm” (Golden Bough)

A former judge and still a lawyer, writer Do Jin-ki has released another crime novel, “Revenge Law Firm”.

The book centers on prosecutor Yoon Hae-seong, who gains public attention by prosecuting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for violating the law on the protection of children and young people against sexual offenses.

But Yoon has something else in mind: to reveal the wrongful death of his father, whose murder 20 years earlier was disguised as a suicide. Yoon suspects that the real killer is President Yang Da-gon, who became the head of the giant Hanul Motors corporation.

With stardom now on his side, Yoon opens a law firm and hires Jeon Ki-ho as office manager, as well as mysterious woman Bang Soo-hee.

Hanul Motors’ legal team contacts Yoon to recruit him, at the command of President Yang, who is curious about “the talk of the city”. Yoon seizes the opportunity to make a move to become Yang’s aide as he begins to suspect similar motives hidden in Yang’s secretary, Han Yi-soo.

The three-volume novel was released by publisher Golden Bough, the fiction imprint of Minumsa Publishing Group, on shelves December 8. It is a collection of Do’s first web novel series which aired from July 6, 2021 to April 19, 2022 on Naver’s Web Novel Platform.

“It was the summer of 2020 when I first learned that there is such a thing as a ‘web novel,’” Do said in the book’s author note. “My colleague from the literary scene strongly recommended that I try this new platform.”

Complete the manuscript of all three books – approximately 6,000 pages – in the fall of 2020 and publish the manuscript in installments.

The series remained in first place in the mystery category with a reader rating of 9.9 out of 10 for four consecutive months, according to Golden Bough.

“The law has changed a lot since I first drafted this piece,” he said.

“There is now a law that punishes stalking and the right of the prosecution to investigate has been eliminated. Some parts are changed to fit the current system, but I couldn’t get rid of the prosecutor’s investigation scene,” she continued.

“However, economic crimes can also be investigated by a prosecutor under current law, so it’s not entirely contradictory.”

Do, 55, is a graduate of Seoul National University and started writing crime and crime novels while working as a judge. He debuted in 2010 with the novel “Choice”, winning the Mystery Rookie Award from the Korean Mystery Writers Association. He won first prize at the Korea Mystery Literature Award for “The Star of Judas” in 2014.

Some of his works have also been translated into French, including “Mental Suicide” and “The Portrait of La Traviata”.

Meanwhile, “Revenge Law Firm” will be turned into a webtoon, according to Golden Bough.

By Hwang Dong-hee ([email protected])

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