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The Plotters by Un-su Kim

The Plotters

The Plotters by Un-su Kim
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Jan 29, 2019 | 304 Pages
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“THE MOST ANTICIPATED CRIME BOOKS OF 2019”–CrimeReads
“Most Anticipated Books of 2019”–Lit Hub


“The winner of prestigious prizes in Korea, Kim makes his anglophone debut, thanks to Kim-Russell, who captures his dark, dark wit and searing sarcasm in an irresistible sociopolitical parable designed to delight and dismay.”
Booklist (Starred review) 

“Korean author Kim makes his U.S. debut with a powerful, surreal political thriller…The complex plot, in which Reseng becomes involved with a more polished, CEO-like hit man named Hanja, builds to a highly cinematic and violent denouement. Most memorable, though, is the novel’s message about the insidiousness of unaccountable institutions, from those under the military junta to those that thrive in today’s economy. The consequence of the pervasive corruption is an air of existential despair. This strange, ambitious book will appeal equally to literary fiction readers.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

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

The Plotters hums with menace, humor, heartbreak, and savagery. The killers and schemers haunting its pages range from dens of villainy to desperate scenes of quiet domesticity, offering a view of the world from the depths of its own shadow. The result is wild, weird, and completely engrossing.”
Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection
 
The Plotters by Un-su Kim is a work of literary genius; a quirky, compelling, intelligent, darkly funny, highly original and thought-provoking thriller like nothing I’ve read. Gorgeous prose elevates the basest of characters and answers the question: How can ours be a life well-lived if we only do as we’re told? I loved this book!”
Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

Kill Bill meets Murakami. Twisted and surreal, The Plotters is one of those rare books that will haunt you long after you’ve finished it. The writing is smooth, unhurried and often profound, even as it draws you deeper into the gruesome underworld of skilled contract killers. Chillingly, the violence is almost exquisite, a bloody art form.”
D. B. John, author of Star of the North

“Imagine a mash-up of Tarantino and Camus set in contemporary Seoul, and you have The Plotters.  Filled with unexpected humor and exquisite fight scenes.”
Louisa Luna, author of Two Girls Down

The Plotters subverts every trope of the assassin-for-hire novel. Constantly surprising and darkly funny; surreal, intimate and emotional. I loved it.”
Charles Soule, author of The Oracle Year

“Now this is a story with power and style. The one-two punches of humor are a nice bonus. You’ll be laughing out loud every five minutes. You’ll find yourself contemplating the meaning of life, death, and desire for a long, long time. Make sure you leave your evening free, because you won’t be able to put this book down once you start.”
You-jeong Jeong, author of The Good Son
 
“The Plotters is what would happen if you took the best South Korean crime cinema and distilled it into words. A smart but lightning fast thriller that keeps the pressure on to the very last page.”
Brian Evenson, author of Last Days and A Collapse of Horses

“A book of revelations for murder both violent yet graceful, dark yet poetic. With sharp humor and sparkling prose, Un-su Kim stylishly spins the tale of the extraordinary life of an ordinary assassin.”
J.M. Lee, author of The Investigation

“In a terrifying, not unimaginable dystopian Seoul, guilds, plotters and assassins jostle for supremacy…Violent, clever and funny, I loved it!”
M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show

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