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Bu-ran, Yu. Yu Bu-ran was created by the Korean author Kim Nae Seong and appeared in ten serials in the newspaper Chosun Libo in the late 1930s through the mid-1940s; every serial was later published as a novel. Yu Bu-ran is a Korean Great Detective Lupin who solves crimes (“in the Western style”) and rights wrongs in a noir environment. Yu Bu-ran, a mystery writer by trade, has the sense of adventure and fun of an Arsène Lupin but the brilliant mind and knack for disguises of a Sherlock Holmes, although his disguises are not infallible, nor his deductions always correct. He’s a very human Holmes/Lupin cross, if such a thing is possible, and often gets involved in adulterous affairs with married women.

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