) is a 2008 mystery
-detective historical fiction novel
written by South Korean
author Ho Soo Kim
and published by Philmac
in South Korea
It follows the Pope
's envoy, Hugo(fictitious character), as he investigates a murder in Seoul in 2007 and discovers a terror plot of Japan's militaristic group. At the same time, the novel keeps track of the Korean Emperor's three secret delegates who are sent to Netherlands Peace Conference in 1907.
) is the Faction(fact+fiction) which is based on the historical fact of the Korean Empire's credential three secret delegates at the Second Peace Conference at The Hague in 1907. This story mingles three different incidents crossing time and space.
In 1907, at The Hague, Yi Jun, one of the three delegates died a mysterious death.In 2007, at Seoul, a 10 year old child happened to die from an ill-defined brain disease. These two stories link together through the letter to Vatican sent by a veiled priest called 'Q(fictitious character)' and his activities.
This novel call our of today to account what is the historical meaning of Japan-Korea Forced Annexation a hundred years ago: Who am I, what left behind 'a time of Japanese forced occupation' to me of the present time, and in confronting such historical problems, how to eliminate the legacy of Japan’s colonial rule of Korea which have been restricting liberty and pride of Korean even now.