In a town that lives on the reputation of a town of “chain murders” begins a tale that you have never heard before.
- Book Intro
The town located at the intersection of route 2 and 17 is a small rural one next to a dry and dusty plain, and it used to serve as a rest stop for truck or trailer drivers. However with the new highway, drivers no longer feel the need to stop there and the town loses their main source of income. People try hard to bring in infrastructure to make money and even try to sell their dry plains and sunset as a tourism item but fail.
Then all of a sudden things take a turn. Six murdered bodies are discovered in the dry plains. Victims are all young people from the town who were thought to have left for a new life in the city. It is revealed that they have been burned and buried in the vast plain. The case is labeled a serial murder and countless people come visit the town as it slowly rises to fame in the media. Investigations continue but the murderer is far from being caught. Soon enough, a film about the killer is made and a film set gets constructed in the town. The number of outsiders going in and out let the townspeople realize that serial murders make for good money. When the film becomes a box office hit, more people come to visit the town. The annual town festival is transformed into a psychotic affair where details of murders are put on display.
But now, the number of tourists are down. An old murder case is not much of a money maker any more. With the murderer still at large, the tourism still goes on but is expected to fade away soon. The people of the town decide to redesign the festival after this year, when all of a sudden a new murder case springs up for the first time in 9 years. Thanks to the killing, the festival comes to life again and tourists are brought back into town. There is an odd welcoming mood to this kind of change. Benna, a witness to one of the murders 9 years ago but was later dismissed as crazy. But when she happens to hear the dying message of her good friend Nazo, who has become a murder victim, she decides she will catch the murderer no matter what…
- About the Author
(English) Lee was born in Seoul in 1985. She debuted with her first novel Sister in 2016, and in 2017, she won the grand prize of the Kyobo Story Contest for Burning Heart. In 2019, The child is no longer here (Original title: Sister) was published in Japan.
(Vietnamese) Thông qua 『Em gái』, Lee Duon thể hiện sự kết hợp kỳ lạ giữa chủ đề chương trình giải trí chăm sóc trẻ em và thể loại bí ẩn.
Vào năm 2019, nó đã được dịch và xuất bản tại Nhật Bản thông qua Văn học Xuân Thu (文藝 春秋).(Tên tác phẩm bằng tiếng Nhật là 『あの子はもういないĐứa trẻ đã mất』) Năm 2017, tác giả đã giành được Giải thưởng lớn trong Cuộc thi Câu chuyện Kyobo với 『Trái tim cháy bỏng』. Các tác phẩm đã xuất bản bao gồm 『Trái tim cháy bỏng』 vào năm 2020 và『My Partner: Lee Duon × Seo Miae 』vào năm 2021.