The Plotters (AU Edition)

October 31, 2020
The Plotters (AU Edition)

The important thing is not who pulls the trigger but who'sbehind the person who pulls the trigger—the plotters, themasterminds working in the shadows. Raised by Old Raccoon in TheLibrary of Dogs, Reseng has always been surrounded by plots tokill—and by books that no one ever reads. In Seoul's corruptunderworld, he was destined to be an assassin.Until he breaks the rules. That's when he meets a trio of youngwomen—a convenience store worker, her wheelchair-bound sister, anda cross-eyed obsessive knitter—with an extraordinary plot of theirown.Will the women save the day? Or will Reseng be next on the killlist? Who will look after his cats, Reading Lamp and Book Stand?Who planted the bomb in his toilet? How much beer can he drinkbefore he forgets it all?The Plotters is a cracking noir thriller combined withthe soul, wit and lyricism of a highly original literary voice.Un-su Kim is the rising star of Korean literature. With shadesof Murakami, The Plotters is a complex, fascinating moraltale about the changing of the guard in a corrupt underworld—apage-turner filled with black humour and compassion for a fallenworld.Un-su Kim was born in 1972 in Busan and is theauthor of several highly praised novels. He has won theMunhakdongne Novel Prize, Korea's most prestigious literary prize,and was nominated for the 2016 Grand Prix de la LittérairePolicière. He lives in Jinhae-gu, South Korea.Sora Kim-Russell is a Korean-American living inSeoul, where she teaches translation. She has translated works byHwang Sok-yong, Jeon Sungtae, Pyun Hye-young and Shin Kyung-sook,among others.'The kind of genre fiction Quentin Tarantino might be inspiredby.' Age'The Plotters is no primer for a visit to Korea. What it doesoffer is a vivid portrait of a mesmerising central character—thestoic Reseng. It will also keep readers delightfullyoff-balance...Kim has mixed bookishness, crackpots and commissionedmurder into a rich and unsettling blend.' WashingtonPost'The Plotters is a constantly surprising book full [of]fascinating stories and unforgettable characters...A savage,beautifully observed, often poetic novel.'AustCrime'Demands to be read for its incredible cast of characters...afirst-rate thriller.' Le Monde'A rich, funny, cynical Korean roman noir...A delicioussurprise.' La Croix'Like a veteran killer...quickly, coolly, and withouthesitation, Un-su Kim commands sentences and stories that stab thereader between the ribs. We've been waiting for this storytellerand his story.' Park Min-gyu, novelist'Awe is my reaction to The Plotters. The novel thrillsme like a wolf feels when it has smelled blood.' KwonYeo-seon'A novel to keep readers on their toes.' BookloverBook Reviews'Laugh-out-loud funny.' Radio NZ'The Plotters is what would happen if you took the bestSouth Korean crime cinema and distilled it into words. A smart butlightning fast thriller that keeps the pressure on to the very lastpage.' Brian Evenson, author of Last Days andA Collapse of Horses**'Imagine a mash-up of Tarantino and Camus set in contemporarySeoul, and you have The Plotters. Filled with unexpectedhumor and exquisite fight scenes.' Louisa Luna, author ofTwo Girls Down'More than a crime novel, more than violence and mystery,The Plotters promises both temptation and beauty.'Eka Kurniawan'It is a harder-than-hard-boiled kooky blast of...**