“[A] powerhouse of a novel....It reads as if Haruki Murakami rewrote The Day of the Jackal.” - Locus Magazine
"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
"Best Books of the Year" Apple
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
South Korean author Un-su Kim’s first novel to be published in English is a dark, subversively funny dive into a shadowy cabal of corporate, military, and political operatives who employ hired assassins to maintain global dominance. The story focuses on soul-searching assassin Reseng, who veers off script during an assignment, unleashing the plotters’ destructive wrath. Arthur Lee’s polished narration brings gravitas and deadpan comedy to Kim’s coolly vicious rogues. An eclectic mix of pulp violence, pitch-black humor, and political conspiracy, The Plotters is a pungent social commentary about unchecked power.