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Summary

A cracking noir thriller combined with the soul, wit and lyricism of a highly original literary voice. 

The important thing is not who pulls the trigger but who’s behind the person who pulls the trigger - the plotters, the masterminds working in the shadows. 

Raised by Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs, Reseng has always been surrounded by plots to kill - and by books that no one ever reads. In Seoul’s corrupt underworld, he was destined to be an assassin. 

Until he breaks the rules. 

That’s when he meets a trio of young women - a convenience store worker, her wheelchair-bound sister and a cross-eyed obsessive knitter - with an extraordinary plot of their own. 

Will the women save the day? Or will Reseng be next on the kill list? Who will look after his cats, Reading Lamp and Book Stand? Who planted the bomb in his toilet? How much beer can he drink before he forgets it all? 

Un-su Kim is the rising star of Korean literature. With shades of Murakami, The Plotters is a complex, fascinating moral tale about the changing of the guard in a corrupt underworld - a gripping thriller filled with black humour and compassion for a fallen world.

©2010 Un-su Kim; English translation copyright © Sora Kim-Russell 2018 (P)2018 Bolinda

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