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The Plotters

By: Un-su Kim
Narrated by: Arthur Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Summary

A thriller like you’ve never heard before, from the hottest new voice in Korean fiction.

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 hit men 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?

©2019 Un-su Kim (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"An incredible cast of characters...a first-rate thriller." (Le monde)

"With sharp humour 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)

"Make sure you leave the evening free, because you won’t want to put this book down when you start." (You-jeong Jeong, author of The Good Son

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Enjoyable but slowly read

A thoroughly enjoyable read, a great story and well paced and a fun cast of characters. Some dialogue is very funny and on the whole a superb listen.

Only spoiled by the narrator who is very slow, I found this book to be much more enjoyable when sped up to x1.4 or so. Sometimes a little faster than that.

My only complaint is the tempo of the narration. A solid, enjoyable listen otherwise.

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incredibly slow

50+ % in and DNFing
somewhere in this is a good story but buried deep
even listening at x2 speed it's slow
whether this is because of the translation, but couldn't recommend the audio? might be better "read"?