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A darkly funny noir thriller and a fascinating moral tale about power and corruption in Korean society, filled with betrayals, power struggles and effortlessly smooth assassinations

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Un-su Kim was born in 1972 in Busan and is the author of several highly praised novels. He has won the Munhakdongne Novel Prize, Korea's most prestigious literary prize, and was nominated for the 2016 Grand Prix de la Litteraire Polici re. He lives in Jinhae-gu, South Korea. Sora Kim-Russell is a Korean-American living in Seoul, where she teaches translation. She has translated works by Hwang Sok-yong, Jeon Sungtae, Pyun Hye-young and Shin Kyung-sook, among others.

Reviews

'Demands to be read for its incredible cast of characters...a first-rate thriller.' * Le Monde *
'A rich, funny, cynical Korean noir...A delicious surprise.' * La Croix *
'Like a veteran killer...quickly, coolly, and without hesitation, Un-su Kim commands sentences and stories that stab the reader between the ribs. We've been waiting for this storyteller and his story.' * Park Min-gyu, novelist *
'Awe is my reaction to The Plotters. The novel thrills me like a wolf feels when it has smelled blood.' -- Kwon Yeo-seon
'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 bestselling thriller The Good Son
'A book of revelations for murder both violent yet graceful, dark yet poetic. With sharp humour and sparkling prose, Un-su Kim stylishly spins the tale of the extraordinary life of an ordinary assassin.' -- Jungmyung Lee [J.M. Lee], author of The Investigation
'More than a crime novel, more than violence and mystery, The Plotters promises both temptation and beauty.' -- Eka Kurniawan
'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 *
'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 *
'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 *
'The Plotters tells the story of Renseng, a jaded assassin who startles himself by realising-somewhat belatedly-that he has a moral code, a sense of honour, 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 *
'A novel to keep readers on their toes.' * Booklover Book Reviews *
'It is a harder-than-hard-boiled kooky blast of a book. It is wildly funny and surreal.' * NZ Listener *
'Laugh-out-loud funny.' * Radio NZ *
'The Plotters is a constantly surprising book full [of] fascinating stories and unforgettable characters...A savage, beautifully observed, often poetic novel.' * AustCrime *
'Rich and amusing, with sparkling prose-a cracking noir thriller with soul, wit and intelligence.' * West Weekend *
'A dark, witty, complex and moral tale in a style that is bound to fascinate.' * Otago Daily Times *
'The kind of genre fiction Quentin Tarantino might be inspired by.' * Age *
'Dark wit and searing sarcasm in an irresistible sociopolitical parable designed to delight and dismay.' * Booklist (Starred Review) *
'Engaging reading to the bitter end.' * Complete Review *
'The Plotters is no primer for a visit to Korea. What it does offer is a vivid portrait of a mesmerising central character-the stoic Reseng. It will also keep readers delightfully off-balance...Kim has mixed bookishness, crackpots and commissioned murder into a rich and unsettling blend.' * Washington Post *
'Pleasingly deadpan, The Plotters manages to be both humorous (Reseng's cats are called, delightfully, Desk and Lampshade) and violent, and sometimes even wise...in a translation from Sora Kim-Russell that is both seamless and intriguingly provoking.' * Guardian *
'[A] raucous extravaganza of assassins and lunatics by the lauded Korean writer Un-Su Kim...Kim is a good writer, soulful and observant.' * New York Times *
'A seductive, Tarantino-like blend of fight scenes and bizarre social comedy. Sora Kim-Russell's translation is fluent and hiccup-free.' * Sunday Times *
'Tightly plotted, elegantly crafted, and as noir as it gets' * CrimeReads *

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