The Plotters

Un-su Kim

Plotters are just pawns like us. A request comes in and they draw up the plans. There’s someone above them who tells them what to do. And above that person is another plotter telling them what to do. You think that if you go up there with a knife and stab the person at the very top, that’ll fix everything. But no-one’s there. It’s just an empty chair.

Reseng was raised by cantankerous Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs. To anyone asking, it’s just an ordinary library. To anyone in the know, it’s a hub for Seoul’s organised crime, and a place where contract killings are plotted and planned. So it’s no surprise that Reseng has grown up to become one of the best hitmen in Seoul. He takes orders from the plotters, carries out his grim duties, and comforts himself afterwards with copious quantities of beer and his two cats, Desk and Lampshade.

But after he takes pity on a target and lets her die how she chooses, he finds his every move is being watched. Is he finally about to fall victim to his own game? And why does that new female librarian at the library act so strangely? Is he looking for his enemies in all the wrong places? Could he be at the centre of a plot bigger than anything he’s ever known?

Reviews of The Plotters

  • ‘This modern-day tale of Korean gangsters beguiles with its sly wit and quirky erudition. Fresh and original’ Sunday Times

    ‘Pleasingly deadpan, The Plotters manages to be both humorous and violent, and sometimes even wise’ Guardian

    ‘A raucous extravaganza of assassins and lunatics’ New York Times

    ‘Vivid, mesmerising, gripping … in The Plotters, Kim has mixed bookishness, crackpots and commissioned murder into a rich and unsettling blend’ Washington Post

    ‘A work of literary genius; a quirky, compelling, intelligent, darkly funny, highly original and thought-provoking thriller like nothing I’ve read’ Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of Home

    ‘A truly incredible and unique thriller, unlike anything I have read before’ Khurrum Rahman

    ‘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

    ‘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

    ‘You’ll be laughing out loud every five minutes, and contemplating the meaning of life, death and desiret’ You-jeong Jeong, author of The Good Son

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

    ‘An incredible cast of characters … a first-rate thriller’ Le monde

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