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"Hodges has read that there are wells in Iceland so deep you can drop a stone down them and never hear the splash. He thinks some human souls are like that." 

– Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes


Kang Seulgi isn’t sure if she's playing the long game or giving up. At least, not until the wild, devil-may-care criminal profiler Jung Jaehyun bulldozes his way into her already broken life, dragging her back into a battle royale of crime, cold cases and corruption.

Jung Jaehyun is a man on a mission – a revenge plot without an end in sight. He makes an ally out of the weathered, tormented prosecutor Kang Seulgi because she’s convenient, but finds himself with a partner-in-crime to help him fight the ghosts of his –their– past.



"See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve." 

The Dark Knight

Jung Jaehyun. 32. Criminal profiler. Ex-Seoul Intelligence Agency.


"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." 

– Stephen King

Kang Seulgi. 32. Prosecutor, Criminal Department III – Violent Crimes, Incheon DPO. Ex-Seoul DPO



Johnny Suh. 33. Prosecutor, Criminal Department III – Violent Crimes, Seoul DPO.


Kim Jungwoo. 32. Forensic pathologist, National Forensics Service.


Wendy Son. 32. Homicide detective, Seoul Metropolitan Police.


Nakamoto Yuta. 32. Cyber security officer, Seoul Intelligence Agency.

full cast



Shim Changmin. 44. Attorney General, Seoul SPO.

Kim Joonmyun. 38. Prosecutor, Seoul DPO.



Son Hyunjoo. 50. Commissioner General.

Jung Yunho. 44. Deputy Commissioner General.

Byun Baekhyun. 36. Superintendent, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

Lee Donghae. 42. Head of the Violent Crimes Division, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

Moon Taeil. 34. Team leader, Seoul Metropolitan Police.

Mark Lee. 26. Homicide detective, Incheon Police.



Kim Minjong. 48. Director, National Forensics Service.

Shin Ryujin. 28. Forensic pathologist, National Forensics Service.



Byun Minsoo. 56. Minister of Justice.

Kim Jongin. 36. Occupation unknown.

Kang Doyoung.

Jung Soojung.




case 01: unfortunate

Featuring: Choi Sooyoung, Kim Heechul, Lee Taeyong, Lee Jinki, Park Sunyoung, Amber Liu, Kim Kibum.


case 02: tbc


case 03: tbc


case 04: tbc


case 05: tbc



1. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran

2. Fate – Lee Sunhee

3. Evil – SHINee



dead wood
Pairings: Jung Jaehyun x Kang Seulgi
Characters: Jung Jaehyun, Kang Seulgi; Johnny Suh, Wendy Son, Kim Jungwoo, Nakamoto Yuta
Genre/AU: Romance, Drama, Detective!AU, Mystery, Crime
Warnings : None
Author's note:
Hi guys, back here with a Jaehyun/Seulgi detective!au because I've just been dying to do one. As you can see, there will be individual cases, but there's also one overarching case that will stretch throughout the story. This story is much darker than my usual style, so you can expect lots of angst and generally a pretty dark theme. There'll be a lot of witty banter, but it'll definitely take on a more somber tone. I'm very squeamish and I won't describe things in a graphic way, hence the story isn't rated, but where it's rated I'll make sure to add the [M]. Oh, and also, I added some actors - Son Hyunjoo, Kim Minjong, Choi Minsoo (Byun Minsoo here, because he's Baekhyun's dad for story purposes). I'm aiming for ~40 chapters but we'll see, might be shorter/longer depending on the flow. Hope you're excited! Oh and also - dedicated to DIN for giving me the motivation to write this to begin with!
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Hi!!! Story has been changed to my JaeSeul detective!au "dead wood", hope you enjoy! First chapter out soon!
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