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The Plotters

A Novel
By: Un-su Kim
Narrated by: Arthur Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Kill Bill meets Murakami. Twisted and surreal." (D. B. John, author of Star of the North)

"Editor's Choice" New York Times Book Review

"The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019" CrimeReads

“Most Anticipated Books of 2019” Lit Hub

"This Winter's Best Thrillers" Chicago Review of Books

A fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination guilds compete for market dominance.

Behind every assassination, there is an anonymous mastermind - a plotter - working in the shadows. Plotters quietly dictate the moves of the city's most dangerous criminals, but their existence is little more than legend. Just who are the plotters? And more important, what do they want?

Reseng is an assassin. Raised by a cantankerous killer named Old Raccoon in the crime headquarters "The Library", Reseng never questioned anything: where to go, who to kill, or why his home was filled with books that no one ever read. But one day, Reseng steps out of line on a job, toppling a set of carefully calibrated plans. And when he uncovers an extraordinary scheme set into motion by an eccentric trio of young women - a convenience store clerk, her wheelchair-bound sister, and a cross-eyed librarian - Reseng will have to decide if he will remain a pawn or finally take control of the plot.

Crackling with action and filled with unforgettable characters, The Plotters is a deeply entertaining thriller that soars with the soul, wit, and lyricism of real literary craft.

©2019 Un-su Kim (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

 

  • "Editor's Choice" New York Times Book Review
  • "9 New Books We Recommend This Week" New York Times
  • "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019" CrimeReads
  • “Most Anticipated Books of 2019” Lit Hub
  • "This Winter's Best Thrillers" Chicago Review of Books
  • "Picks of the Week" Publishers Weekly
  • "The Best Books of the Week" New York Post
  • "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week" Book Marks 

"The Plotters tells the story of Renseng, a jaded assassin who startles himself by realizing - somewhat belatedly - that he has a moral code, a sense of honor, a soul. All of these will prove to be perilous liabilities in his world. Un-Su Kim is a tremendous writer, and he’s crafted a smart, stylish, and surprisingly moving thriller.” (Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins

"It would be hard to accuse The Plotters, a raucous extravaganza of assassins and lunatics by the lauded Korean writer Un-Su Kim, of conforming to any template." (New York Times Book Review)   

"The Plotters, rendered in English by Sora Kim-Russell, is an unusual book: a violent action-thriller that could also be a parable, a fable of good and evil stitched together with poignant threads.” (Wall Street Journal

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