The Plotters

The Plotters

Un-su Kim / Jun 16, 2019

The Plotters From the novelist dubbed the Korean Henning Mankell The Guardian comes a fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination guilds compete for market dominance Perfect for fa

  • Title: The Plotters
  • Author: Un-su Kim
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  • From the novelist dubbed the Korean Henning Mankell The Guardian comes a fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination guilds compete for market dominance Perfect for fans of Han Kang and Patrick deWitt.Behind every assassination, there is an anonymous mastermind a plotter working in the shadows Plotters quietly dictate the moves of the city From the novelist dubbed the Korean Henning Mankell The Guardian comes a fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination guilds compete for market dominance Perfect for fans of Han Kang and Patrick deWitt.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 than legend Just who are the plotters And 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Doubleday Books first published August 20th 2010 More Details Original Title The Plotters ISBN 0385544383 ISBN13 9780385544382 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Plotters by Un su Kim Release date Jan 29, 2019 From the novelist dubbed the Korean Henning Mankell The Guardian comes a fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination gui From the novelist dubbed the Korean Henning Mankell The Guardian comes a fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination guilds compete for market dominance Perfect for fans of Han Kang and Patrick deWitt 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 than legend Just who are the plotters And 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2019 236 books 87 voters Man Booker International Prize Eligible Books 2019 160 books 77 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 20, 2019 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime fiction, mystery, netgalley, thriller This is a beautifully translated addition to the emergent genre of Korean Noir, it is offbeat, full of wit, irony and black humour, gritty and brutal but never less than engaging and gripping, set in Seoul In this story of a quagmire of plotters, we have our anti hero an assassin, Reseng, inescapably destined to become an exceptional hitman after being raised by Old Raccoon You cannot help but be drawn into his life and character despite the brutality of his occupation Contract killings are m This is a beautifully translated addition to the emergent genre of Korean Noir, it is offbeat, full of wit, irony and black humour, gritty and brutal but never less than engaging and gripping, set in Seoul In this story of a quagmire of plotters, we have our anti hero an assassin, Reseng, inescapably destined to become an exceptional hitman after being raised by Old Raccoon You cannot help but be drawn into his life and character despite the brutality of his occupation Contract killings are managed, planned and plotted at The Library of Dogs, in the business of assassinations It is utilised by the criminal community and has close political connections with a corrupt government that cannot quite deal with being truly democratic and has found alternative ways of dealing with problems through the route of outsourcing The police seek the person who pulled the trigger rather than investigating below the surface, content with the obvious.Reseng, a lover of literature, lives with his cats, dealing with his violent occupation by finding solace in drinking beer Then he goes off script on a killing assignment, veering off the straight and narrow path of following orders and his life begins to move into unexpected directions with the strange and bizarre happenings, such as explosives in his toilet, labyrinthian plots galore and rivalries There is a pet cemetery owner, Bear, who Reseng utilises, a barber , Hanja, who is than what he seems and what exactly happens to old assassins This is a richly detailed intelligent satire with quirky beats, and full of atmosphere The characterisation is simply fabulous, none so than our central protagonist and the shadowy underworld is portrayed with panache I look forward to reading from this author I recommend this to those looking for something different in the crime fiction genre Many thanks to HarperCollins 4th Estate for an ARC flag 82 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 19, 2018 Ova Excuse My Reading rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, netgalley I won t lie, I found this book a bit baffling in the start but then when the events picked up, and I got what was going on it became so anti climatic and interesting.Would it be awkward if I define it as Tarantino meets David Lynch The whole story, characters, events are bizarre and different, but not in a bad way There is violence, sadness, a well painted atmosphere, solid characters If you re into cat mouse game type of crime novels and fancy a quirk don t give this a miss Second Korean I won t lie, I found this book a bit baffling in the start but then when the events picked up, and I got what was going on it became so anti climatic and interesting.Would it be awkward if I define it as Tarantino meets David Lynch The whole story, characters, events are bizarre and different, but not in a bad way There is violence, sadness, a well painted atmosphere, solid characters If you re into cat mouse game type of crime novels and fancy a quirk don t give this a miss Second Korean crime fiction I have read this year and would love to read a third one flag 28 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Meike rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves korea, 2019 read I love how Un su Kim takes the tropes of the hardboiled crime novel, plays around with them, has some professional killers question them within the text and tops it all of with a critique of South Korean society it s clever, inventive and entertaining Our protagonist Reseng has been left in a garbage bin as a baby and then brought up by a librarian who runs a professional assassination business Ry Murakami will probably love this novel We meet 32 year old Reseng, now a successful assassin I love how Un su Kim takes the tropes of the hardboiled crime novel, plays around with them, has some professional killers question them within the text and tops it all of with a critique of South Korean society it s clever, inventive and entertaining Our protagonist Reseng has been left in a garbage bin as a baby and then brought up by a librarian who runs a professional assassination business Ry Murakami will probably love this novel We meet 32 year old Reseng, now a successful assassin himself, at the crossroads of his life Not only does his job take a toll on him, the political and business landscapes have shifted and his former ally has become his biggest and very deadly competition.Un su Kim talks about the assassination business as just another highly specialized industry in capitalist society, and Reseng has no illusions He grew up in this trade, he knows he is disposable, a puppet instrumentalized to eliminate targets, paid and sent out by plotters who come up with schemes in order to control politics and business but does that mean he isn t morally responsible Does his backstory explain or even excuse his actions or the actions of others These questions are at the core of the novel This assassin wants to know in how far he is obliged to resist the dynamics he is caught up in, even if it will cost him his life Obviously, this is a deeply political question, and I love how this author wraps it up in a thriller This world isn t a mess because people are evil It s because everyone has their own stories and excuses for doing bad things Those who execute the violent deeds are actually cowardly, weakest of the weak people who say We had no choice because that s how the world is and because life is hard and because we have no power And even the plotters themselves are not people, but commodities in a self sustaining system of supply and demand You know what s there if you keep going all the way up to the top Nothing Just an empty chair Yes, you can read this for the story and the characters and it will be rewarding, but the philosophical musings of the assassins are the real highlights of the text As in every good crime novel, the criminals mirror society and ask some uncomfortable questions A really absorbing, smart read flag 20 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 17, 2018 Marianne rated it really liked it review of another edition The Plotters is the first novel by prize winning Korean author, Un su Kim, in English Reseng has been an assassin for fifteen years His facilitator is Old Raccoon, who operates out of the library he calls The Doghouse His instructions come from the Plotters who take orders from the Contractor An assignment will often see Reseng presenting a body to his friend, Bear who runs a pet crematorium but will, for a fee, cremate a human body with due reverence and ceremony.Reseng is careful to mainta The Plotters is the first novel by prize winning Korean author, Un su Kim, in English Reseng has been an assassin for fifteen years His facilitator is Old Raccoon, who operates out of the library he calls The Doghouse His instructions come from the Plotters who take orders from the Contractor An assignment will often see Reseng presenting a body to his friend, Bear who runs a pet crematorium but will, for a fee, cremate a human body with due reverence and ceremony.Reseng is careful to maintain emotional distance from his victims, because it is important to follow the plotter s instructions to the letter, if the assassin does not want to end up on the list himself This has happened to two of his associates But when Jeongan, his tracker and good friend, falls victim, it becomes personal for Reseng And, as unlikely as it seems, the plotter is apparently a pretty young convenience store cashier This is a story with that particular Asian quality to it the way the characters speak, their logic, their reactions, all are distinctly not Western The plot, too, is patently Asian, with a twist or two, and an exciting, although very dark, climax There s plenty of black humour in this rather unusual tale, along with some delightful ironies Characters engage in matter of fact discussion of assassination, of death, of body disposal, of corruption, of honour, and many aspects of life A distinctive work of Korean crime fiction that is flawlessly translated into English by Sora Kim Russell.This unbiased review is from a copy provided by Text Publishing flag 16 likesLike see review Oct 17, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it liked it review of another edition Considering this was a novel about the hierarchy of assassins, it had a beautifully rolling, gentle prose even in it s violent moments, plus it was hugely compelling and absorbing The Plotters sit at the top of the hired killer food chain, hidden from view but pulling all the strings We rock along with one lowly assassin as he changes the plans and comes under fire This is only my second Korean thriller and I m hoping come my way soon different and quirky, both in the realistic Considering this was a novel about the hierarchy of assassins, it had a beautifully rolling, gentle prose even in it s violent moments, plus it was hugely compelling and absorbing The Plotters sit at the top of the hired killer food chain, hidden from view but pulling all the strings We rock along with one lowly assassin as he changes the plans and comes under fire This is only my second Korean thriller and I m hoping come my way soon different and quirky, both in the realistic setting and well drawn protagonists, The Plotters has a very different, almost poetic feel about it that is utterly riveting Kudos to the translator, Sora Kim Russell for making it read so well and to the author Un su Kim for writing such a considered, cleverly woven and totally addictive narrative with an ending that made me draw a sharp breath at the emotion of it.Genuinely great to read and with an atmospheric noir sense that digs deep, this is one for any crime fan who is after something new and differently intriguing.Recommended flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 07, 2018 Paul Fulcher rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley, 2018, korean literature Reading books will doom you to a life of fear and shame Now, do you still feel like reading The Guardian newspaper recently heralded Korean thriller writers as starting a new wave of translated popular fiction to succeed Scandinavian noir and the book on which they centered their article was this by Kim Un su A literal translation of the original title would be designers or architects, but the publisher and translator have gone w Reading books will doom you to a life of fear and shame Now, do you still feel like reading The Guardian newspaper recently heralded Korean thriller writers as starting a new wave of translated popular fiction to succeed Scandinavian noir and the book on which they centered their article was this by Kim Un su A literal translation of the original title would be designers or architects, but the publisher and translator have gone with The Plotters.The translation is from Sora Kim Russell the 7th author I have read through her translations, the others being Gong Jiyoung, Pyun Hye Young, Hwang Sok yong, Bae Suah, Park Hyoung su and Shin Kyung sook, and she is one of my favourite Korean English alongside the Deborah Smith and Jung Yewon Her translations tend to be towards the reads naturally in English end of the spectrum, certainly as compared to Jung s, which makes this a highly accessible read, albeit one with an appropriate amount of local colour e.g as soon as page 2 we get a description of a man with a permanent grin, like a carved wooden hahoe mask As with two other books in this genre The Hole by Pyun Hye Young my review and The Good Son by Jeong You jeong this isn t a type of book I would have naturally read in English my interest is in Korean literary fiction and in in pure literary terms, this is not, and does not purport to be, in the same class as Bae Suah, Han Kang or Hwang Sok yong say.Nevertheless it is a well written book, humourous and quirky, with some fascinating characters, and one which rises above the constraints of genre by not following too linear or except perhaps in the closing pages predictable a path.The subject of the novel, Reseng, is an assassin for hire, adopted as a young child by Old Raccoon who historically has run Korea s contract assassination business from The Old Library, one that developed in Korea after the end of military rule What sped up the assassination industry was the new regime of democratically elected civilian administrations that sought the trappings of morality Maybe they thought that by stamping their foreheads with the words It s okay, we re not the military, they could fool the people But power is all the same deep down, no matter what it looks like As Deng Xiaoping once said, It doesn t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice The problem was that the newly democratic government couldn t use that basement on Namsan to beat the crap out of the pains in the arse And so, in order to avoid the eyes of the people and the press, to avoid generating evidence of their own complex chain of command and execution, and to avoid any future responsibility, they started doing business on the sly with contractors And thus began the age of outsourcing It was cheaper and simpler than taking care of it themselves, but best of all, there was less clean up On the rare occasion that the shit did hit the fan, the government was safe and clear of it While contractors were being hauled off to jail, all they had to do was look shocked and appalled in front of the news cameras and say things like, What a terrible and unfortunate tragedy Although with changing times, particularly the growing demand from the private and corporate sector, his business, and his life, are under threat from competitors In the novel s world, the assassination requests come into the contractors via the plotters of the book s English title, who themselves take orders from end clients Reseng very much subscribes to Lee Harvey Oswald s patsy theory of assassination Whenever an assassination came to light, the first person the police looked for was the shooter In the end, all they wanted to know was Who pulled the trigger When they did find whoever pulled the trigger, they fooled themselves into thinking everything had been solved Plotters are just pawns like us, Reseng said 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 know what s there if you keep going all the way to the top Nothing Just an empty chair But as the novel begins, Reseng is starting not to follow the rules Sent to kill a former North Korean general, and someone who was himself a senior plotter in the South, he ends up having dinner with him, before completing his task And when he finds a small bomb planted in his toilet This would ve blown your arse off That tiny thing The pressure is higher inside a toilet bowl It s like squeezing a firecracker in your hand when it goes off Basically, when you sit down to take a shit, your arse forms a seal over the hole, creating the perfect conditions for this bomb to do maximum damage Are you saying it could have killed me Ever seen anyone survive without an arse he gets caught up in a world of memorably eccentric characters and complicated plots The chief suspect for the toilet bomb for example was working at a convenience store After greeting customers with an overly loud Welcome she hit them with a bubbly Help you find something or butted in with a nosy Ooh, I buy these biscuits too Most customers ignored her But she laughed anyway, indifferent, and kept tossing jokes at them while clacking away at the register, picking up items from the counter with an exaggerated sweep of her arm When there were no customers, she chattered nonstop on the shop telephone, or cleaned the shelves and reorganised the already perfectly arranged items Chatting or cleaning , cleaning or chatting She looked like a child with an attention deficit disorder And at one point he finds himself wondering what he has got involved in Plotter, cross eyed librarian, knitting shop owner what on earth were these three mismatched women doing together And in this ridiculous shop, of all places, watched over by Papa Smurf and Winnie the Pooh and all the Teletubbies Kim is very effective at creating these memorable characters, although one criticism would be that he doesn t always follow through or suggest any deeper significance For example, Old Raccoon runs his business out of a library he found it hard to believe that this quiet place had headquartered a den of assassins for the last ninety years He marvelled at the thought that all those deaths, all those assassinations and unexplained disappearances and faked accidents and imprisonments and kidnappings, had been decided and plotted right here in this building Who d chosen this place from which to orchestrate such abominable acts It was madness It would have made sense to set up camp in the office of the National Dry Cleaners Union, or the office of the Organising Committee to Revitalise Poultry Farming And Old Raccoon has a one book in, one book out policy to stocking his shelves that very much reflects my own Old Raccoon used to order new books regularly, but would throw out the same number just as regularly When their time came, Old Raccoon placed a black strip around the discards It was his own special form of sentencing, a funeral procedure for books that had reached the end of their life The same way ageing assassins were added to a list and eliminated by cleaners when their time came Of course, a book s life span was determined by Old Raccoon alone, and neither Reseng nor the librarians could understand why certain books had to be tossed The books with black bands were gathered by the librarian and stacked in the courtyard to be burned on Sunday afternoons, the librarian s day off Old Raccoon could have sold them to a secondhand bookshop or even to a recycler, but he insisted on burning them Old Raccoon himself only read two of the books, alternating between an English and German encyclopedia, but, to his horror as per the opening quote Reseng teaches himself as a child to read, and becomes an avid bibliophile The cabinet under the sink was stacked with instant noodle cups, and next to his pillow and on the table were the books that he d either brought with him from Seoul or bought at the local bookshop Albert Camus Summer and The Plague, Italo Calvino s The Baron in the Trees, Martin Monestier s Suicides, Andrew Solomon s The Noonday Demon which is all wonderful colour but doesn t then seem of any great significance in the later plot or character development.Nevertheless, an atmospheric and enjoyable read, rather too quirky to count as noir.As for a rating a tricky one For personal appreciation, given my literary tastes, 3 stars but as a recommendation for other, particularly those seeking an alternative to Stieg Larrson clones, a solid 4.Thanks to the publisher s via Netgalley for the ARC flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 06, 2019 Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves detective crime, not united states, translated, suspense thriller, korea, netgalley, 2019 atw challenge RTC flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Knigoqdec rated it liked it review of another edition , xD flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 27, 2018 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Vonnegut readers Shelves arc doubleday, blogged, fiction adult, mystery crime fict etc, net galley, literary fiction, asia asian americans, reviewed The author of this surreal, expertly crafted tale has been called the Korean Henning Mankell, but I say he is the Korean Kurt Vonnegut Enter a world in which the most ignorant and uncurious survive, one in which Reading books will doom you to a life of fear and shame My thanks go to Doubleday and Net Galley for the advance review copy, which I received free in exchange for this honest review This novel will be available in the U.S February 12, 2019 Our protagonist is Reseng Orphaned at The author of this surreal, expertly crafted tale has been called the Korean Henning Mankell, but I say he is the Korean Kurt Vonnegut Enter a world in which the most ignorant and uncurious survive, one in which Reading books will doom you to a life of fear and shame My thanks go to Doubleday and Net Galley for the advance review copy, which I received free in exchange for this honest review This novel will be available in the U.S February 12, 2019 Our protagonist is Reseng Orphaned at a young age, he grew up in Old Raccoon s library He is an assassin Killing others for hire has grown into a huge industry, and the story begins with Reseng watching an old man through a scope He has a job to do Readers are forewarned that this story is not for the squeamish, and I almost abandoned it, because although I like dark humor, this is triple dark I set it aside fairly early, unsure whether I was coming back or not, but despite its brutality, it drew me back, and I am glad I returned to it Bear is Reseng s friend, and he runs the pet crematorium That s what it s called, because the murder industry is still officially illegal it wouldn t do to announce his business as the place to dispose of a freshly assassinated human victim Not yet anyway the way things are going, this may change Reseng is there on business, though, because the old man he just killed has to be processed And as he and Bear converse on the state of the profession so many immigrants are coming to South Korea and taking these jobs Chinese, North Koreans that sneak over, Vietnamese They ll work cheap, and it makes it harder for guys like Reseng to get what the jobs are worth And then there s outsourcing Assassins are hired by plotters, but Reseng reflects that Plotters are just pawns like us A request comes in, and they draw up the plans There s someone above them that tells them what to do And above that person is another plotter You know what s there if you keep going all the way to the top Nothing Just an empty chair Reseng s greatest concern is Old Raccoon, Reseng s aging mentor who is being edged out by unseen forces Old Raccoon isn t an assassin, but he has kept himself out of the crosshairs by permitting his library to be used as a meeting point between shady individuals looking to make deals That s worked for him pretty well, until recently Old Raccoon is all the family Reseng has, and so out of concern, he begins asking questions It s a reckless thing to do, and he knows it Before long, Reseng s life turns into a hall of mirrors, and it s hard to know who to believe, because he can t trust anyone Where does Hanja, who was also mentored by Old Raccoon, fit in What about the cross eyed librarian Is she on the up and up, and if so, where did she go Is The Barber involved here His queries take him to visit Hanja, who is now wealthy and influential, a giant among giants in the industry, and his offices take up three whole floors in a high rise building As if it wasn t ironic enough that the country s top assassination provider was brazenly running his business in a building owned by an international insurance company the same assassination provider was also simultaneously managing a bodyguard firm and a security firm But just as a vaccine company facing bankruptcy will ultimately survive not by making the world s greatest vaccine but, rather, the world s worst virus, so, too, did bodyguard and security firms need the world s most evil terrorists to prosper, not the greatest security experts That was capitalism Hanja understood how the world could curl around and bite its own tail like the uroboros serpent There was no better business model than owning both the virus and vaccine A business like that would never go under The struggle unfolds in ways that are impossible to predict, and what kind of fool would even attempt to make sense of it When challenged, Hanja tries to warn Reseng that when an anaconda tries to swallow an alligator, it instead dies of a ruptured stomach, but Reseng will not be stopped His journey builds to a riotous crescendo, and there s a point past which it s impossible not to read till the thing is done It s a scathing tale of alienation told by a master storyteller, and the ending is brilliant as well There s nobody else writing anything like this today Highly recommended flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 27, 2018 Text Publishing added it review of another edition Shelves fiction, thriller, translation, crime The Plotters is a constantly surprising book full of fascinating stories and unforgettable characters A savage, beautifully observed, often poetic novel AustCrime Laugh out loud funny Radio NZ 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 se The Plotters is a constantly surprising book full of fascinating stories and unforgettable characters A savage, beautifully observed, often poetic novel AustCrime Laugh out loud funny Radio NZ 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 humor and exquisite fight scenes Louisa Luna, author of Two Girls Down It is a harder than hard boiled kooky blast of a book It is wildly funny and surreal NZ Listener A novel to keep readers on their toes Booklover Book Reviews More than a crime novel, than violence and mystery, The Plotters promises both temptation and beauty Eka Kurniawan Like a veteran killer, he s terse Quickly, coolly, and without hesitation, he commands sentences and stories that stab the reader between the ribs We ve been waiting for this storyteller and his story Park Min gyu 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 An incredible cast of characters a first rate thriller Le Monde A rich, funny, cynical Korean roman noir a delicious surprise La Croix 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 flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, culture korean, loc asia korea, genre dystopian, genre noir Lyrical, but that may be the contribution of the translator, this unusual quirky thriller from Korea defies description I ve tagged it as both dystopian and noir, so it is a highly original mashup of the two Thirty two year old Renseng is an assassin, discovered in a garbage pail and raised by the shadowy figure who discovered him He starts questioning the powers that drive his assignments, and that is what propels the plot Interestingly, some of the other reviews identified the location as Lyrical, but that may be the contribution of the translator, this unusual quirky thriller from Korea defies description I ve tagged it as both dystopian and noir, so it is a highly original mashup of the two Thirty two year old Renseng is an assassin, discovered in a garbage pail and raised by the shadowy figure who discovered him He starts questioning the powers that drive his assignments, and that is what propels the plot Interestingly, some of the other reviews identified the location as North Korea, when the book s description clearly states Seoul Then again, maybe North Korea could be described as a dystopian version of its southern neighbor flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 John Decker rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 Michigan Daily review in the works flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Jaclyn sixminutesforme rated it really liked it This was wonderfully wild an epic rollercoaster of a thriller Plotters, hired assassins, a mysterious library need I say This read like a Tarantino film but with a much compelling underlying plot and book ended by mind blowing opening and closing chapters Highly recommend flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 03, 2018 Jacki Julia Flyte rated it liked it review of another edition Like the surreal mash up of a Quentin Tarantino film and a Haruki Murakami novel flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 11, 2019 Tonstant Weader rated it really liked it review of another edition Un Su Kim s The Plotters focuses on contract killer Reseng, who grew up in the Doghouse, a library run by Old Raccoon, who functions or less as a booking agent for contract killers It Kim s South Korea, contract killers seem to be prevalent and busy, caring out the orders of the wealthy and connected politicians and entrepreneurs In fact, contract killers are so common they are driving down the price.The first story opens with Reseng sighting in on his prey, an old man who is watering flo Un Su Kim s The Plotters focuses on contract killer Reseng, who grew up in the Doghouse, a library run by Old Raccoon, who functions or less as a booking agent for contract killers It Kim s South Korea, contract killers seem to be prevalent and busy, caring out the orders of the wealthy and connected politicians and entrepreneurs In fact, contract killers are so common they are driving down the price.The first story opens with Reseng sighting in on his prey, an old man who is watering flowers and playing with his dog He decides to wait until morning and is found by the old man who invites him in for supper He spends a lovely evening with the old man which leads to a small decision, truly a small decision, but one that leads to the next story and the next and the next Along the way, Reseng finds love, uncovers some plots, challenges a superior competitor, and resolves to save the world, in his way.The Plotters is an unusual novel in that its eleven chapters can each function on their own as a short story In fact, I think I like it better thinking of it as an anthology than a novel While this is a book about a contract killer and several people die, I have to admit it does not feel gruesome or gratuitous, which is kind of strange if you think about it The death is so much part of the character s story and development and it s never something enjoyed Well, there may be an exception but that would be a spoiler.I enjoyed the story, I liked Reseng The women s cabal to save the world is a madcap thread that provides a surreal twist to this otherwise noir story They add comic relief, the ridiculousness of it all makes it a sharper satire In the end, I really loved this new genre Kim creates, Manic Noir.There is a moral to the story and that is where it gets a bit heavy handed There are a few sentences that would sit in perfect comfort on a gauzy soft focus photo with lots of sunlight and flowers wearing a pretty, script font The reader realizes without any aphorisms that Reseng has lived a life he never chose We do want him to choose, perhaps sooner, perhaps wisely The Plotters will be published January 29th I received an e galley from the publisher through NetGalley.The Plotters at Doubleday Penguin Random HouseUn Su Kim bio at Barbara J Zitwer Agencyhttps tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Sana marked it as anti library Shelves arcs So this is a fantastical crime novel set in an alternate Seoul where assassination guilds compete for market dominance I mean, just wow flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Selina berg rated it really liked it review of another edition De s ger att sydkoreansk sp nning r det nya deckarfenomenet och jag h ller med Har nog aldrig l st en deckare som varit s vacker, filosofisk och st mningsfull flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition I thought the opening of this book was simply brilliant The whole opening scene of one man stalking and then oddly befriending the other was simple, powerful, and artfully done The writing was beautiful, with an intriguing set up and great quotes like, Black tea is steeped in imperialism That s what gives it its flavor Anything this flavorful has to be hiding an incredible amount of carnage Sadly, though, the rest of the book didn t wow me nearly as much I felt like this book had some I thought the opening of this book was simply brilliant The whole opening scene of one man stalking and then oddly befriending the other was simple, powerful, and artfully done The writing was beautiful, with an intriguing set up and great quotes like, Black tea is steeped in imperialism That s what gives it its flavor Anything this flavorful has to be hiding an incredible amount of carnage Sadly, though, the rest of the book didn t wow me nearly as much I felt like this book had some pacing issues overall But that may be because the way the book played out didn t necessarily line up with the expectations I had from reading the promo description For instance, the mysterious plotter women mentioned in the promo materials do not show up until nearly the 70% mark Once they appear we barely get to know them one remains the cross eyed librarian for the entirely of the book that s about the extent her character is fleshed out That all felt like a missed opportunity So with little actual plotter action, this becomes mainly a book about an assassins, and that we spend most of our time with the lead character Reseng My problem was I LIKED him, but didn t really love the character and quite honestly found all of the cat and mouse games among the assassins to be a little boring It was only when we were offered deeper glimpses into what made Reseng tick that I felt like the book really blossomed like the lovely passage describing his brief time as a factory worker I didn t mind the violence in the book, just wished it had been balanced out by of this type of human interest stuff I think that would have made the ending impactful as well Thanks to the author and NetGalley for granting me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Jan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves sly humor, korea, translated, assassins, asia I like to see what fiction other cultures are writing and reading I ve enjoyed others from SE Asia and China, but not until now from Korea The story itself reminds me of several other books in which assassins are a major presence, but here I can feel a lot of tongue in cheek as well as some really sneaky humor that is even worse than puns That being said, I do think that the translator was kind enough to substitute English language vernacular when needed Bottom line I really enjoyed readin I like to see what fiction other cultures are writing and reading I ve enjoyed others from SE Asia and China, but not until now from Korea The story itself reminds me of several other books in which assassins are a major presence, but here I can feel a lot of tongue in cheek as well as some really sneaky humor that is even worse than puns That being said, I do think that the translator was kind enough to substitute English language vernacular when needed Bottom line I really enjoyed reading it I requested and received a free ebook copy from Doubleday Books via NetGalley Thank you flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Buchdoktor rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves south korea, crime thriller Raeseng arbeitet in Seoul als Auftragskiller Bei seinem aktuellen Auftrag z gert er und wird prompt von seinem Opfer in dessen einfache H tte eingeladen Ein Mann sollte seinen Tod in W rde w hlen d rfen, davon ist der alte Mann berzeugt Nachdem Raeseng einmal ins Gr beln gekommen ist, scheint es mit der Routine seines Berufsstandes begab zu gehen Ein R ckblick zeigt auf, wie Raeseng als Findelkind zu Old Racoon gekommen ist, seinem Pflegevater und Ausbilder Der Junge hat sich im Dog House, Raeseng arbeitet in Seoul als Auftragskiller Bei seinem aktuellen Auftrag z gert er und wird prompt von seinem Opfer in dessen einfache H tte eingeladen Ein Mann sollte seinen Tod in W rde w hlen d rfen, davon ist der alte Mann berzeugt Nachdem Raeseng einmal ins Gr beln gekommen ist, scheint es mit der Routine seines Berufsstandes begab zu gehen Ein R ckblick zeigt auf, wie Raeseng als Findelkind zu Old Racoon gekommen ist, seinem Pflegevater und Ausbilder Der Junge hat sich im Dog House, in Racoons Bibliothek, selbst Lesen und Schreiben beigebracht, was Old Racoon anfangs nur schwer glauben kann Man k nnte sich fragen, was Racoon mit einer Bibliothek will schlie lich liest er darin nur das Lexikon In der Zunft der Morddienstleister gute Arbeit muss anst ndig bezahlt werden ist Raeseng eine Art Laufbursche, der Pl ne anderer ausf hrt Das akribisch ausget ftelte System besteht aus Ermittlern, Dispatchern, Killern, und es nutzt f r die spurlose Beseitigung der Leichen das gut getarnte Krematorium von Baer Als Kulisse dient ein Staat im Umbruch, vermutlich im bergang von einer ehemals autorit ren Diktatur zu einer freieren Gesellschaft Fragt sich nur, was das f r eine Gesellschaft ist Die Kr fte des Marktes schlagen bei den Plottern jedenfalls erbarmungslos zu, die Preise fallen ins Bodenlose Sollen Menschen wirklich ihre Feinde oder Angeh rigen abmurksen lassen d rfen, nur weil sie sich das aufgrund eines Preiskampfes neuerdings leisten k nnen Auch die Frage, warum das Land noch r ckst ndig ist, taucht im Gespr ch auf, und dass man seine Einstellung ndern m sse Bei den Arbeitskr ften sind erste Skrupel zu beobachten, auch ein Nachfolgekonflikt zwischen erfahrenen Alten und ehrgeizigen Jungspunden ist zu ahnen ber die knochentrockene Art mit dem Tod umzugehen musste ich einfach grinsen Dass der Buchschnitt aussieht, als h tte daneben jemand gerade ein Huhn geschlachtet, macht danach auch nichts mehr.Die Struktur von Handwerksbetrieben wirkt in diesem Setting symbolkr ftig, hnlich einem Gleichnis auf einen modernen Industriestaat oder gnadenlose Konkurrenzk mpfe auf globalisierten M rkten Die zunftartige Organisation der Plotter und ihre Berufsehre k nnte es so hnlich in jeder Kultur und in jeder Epoche geben H chst am sant fand ich den Grundsatz, dass ein Plotter stets unauff llig zu sein hat nur Unwissenheit wird sein Leben sch tzen Diese Weisheit erinnert an die Erfahrung, dass das Wissen, das du deinen Kollege voraus hast, dir nur schaden wird Zuk nftig wirst du diese T tigkeiten immer erledigen m ssen, w hrend die Unwissenden sich zur cklehnen k nnen Der Grundsatz, nur ja nicht aus der Masse herauszuragen, hat im asiatischen Raum sicher umfassendere Geltung als bei uns in Europa Die Bibliothek, das Verh ltnis zwischen Meister und Sch ler, die Nachfolgefrage in einer mafi sen Gruppe, Raesengs Skrupel der Interpretationsspielraum ist hier erfreulich umfangreich Raeseng tritt als erstaunlich offene, leicht zynische und dabei nachdenkliche Person auf Ein Killer, der Katzen h lt und sich nicht daran st rt, auf einem rosa Fahrrad mit Einkaufskorb herum zu d sen Stark Ein kluges, bissiges, h chst symbolisches Buch, f r das das Etikett Thriller m A nach zu kurz greift flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 16, 2018 Nigel Masterton rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Plotters is set in North Korea where Renseng, an orphan, lives the life of an assassin for hire What you don t expect is to end up empathising with him But then this is an assassin who also reads Dostoyevski Un su Kim spins out the tale of Renseng s life so beautifully that somehow his repeatedly killing people isn t what dominates this excellent novel Rather it is the wonderful characters such as Old Racoon,the librarian Bear, the owner of a private crematorium Hanja, the old barber The Plotters is set in North Korea where Renseng, an orphan, lives the life of an assassin for hire What you don t expect is to end up empathising with him But then this is an assassin who also reads Dostoyevski Un su Kim spins out the tale of Renseng s life so beautifully that somehow his repeatedly killing people isn t what dominates this excellent novel Rather it is the wonderful characters such as Old Racoon,the librarian Bear, the owner of a private crematorium Hanja, the old barber who is the supreme assassin who leap of the pages and don t let you put the book down OK, in some places it s truly grim, in others it s deeply touching, but, despite the brutal subject matter I nonetheless strongly recommend you read it This is an author worth noting flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 01, 2018 Lindz rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 21st century, asia, murder and mayhem Yeah, I loved this book I love how dark, fatalistic, nihilistic, cynical, funny and strangely poetic it was Seriously with that combination what is not to love Reseng is an assassin and is you guide into the complicated John Wickian world that feels incrediable parallel to South Korean politics Now I say this knowing very little about South Korean politics But I adored the world of the Plotters, because you never exactly know who is plotting who A lot of this movie is pure machanics, who d Yeah, I loved this book I love how dark, fatalistic, nihilistic, cynical, funny and strangely poetic it was Seriously with that combination what is not to love Reseng is an assassin and is you guide into the complicated John Wickian world that feels incrediable parallel to South Korean politics Now I say this knowing very little about South Korean politics But I adored the world of the Plotters, because you never exactly know who is plotting who A lot of this movie is pure machanics, who decides who dies, who pulls the trigger, who disposes the body, and what happens when this starts to get mixed up If you want to read it as straight noir you can, but if you want to read it as an alagory, the book opens up so much flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Vicky rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book is brilliant, dark, funny and different The plot is twisted, scary and the book is an insight into the underworld of criminals with their own rules and hierarchy Written beautifully and perfectly translated this story from Asia is very different from the Scandinavian thrillers flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Ira rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 Rezension Wei t du, warum die Welt ist, wie sie ist Etwa wegen Schurken wie Old Raccoon und Hanja Wegen der Puppenspieler, die ihnen ihre Auftr ge geben Nein Eine Handvoll Schurken reicht nicht, um die Welt zu ver ndern Die Welt ist so, weil wir zu kleinlaut sind Weil Leute wie du es f r richtig halten, sich der Apathie zu ergeben, weil sie glauben, nichts, was sie tun, k nnte irgendetwas ndern Seit er denken kann ist Raeseng Killer von Beruf Von Old Raccoon als Kind aufgenommen und zum Rezension Wei t du, warum die Welt ist, wie sie ist Etwa wegen Schurken wie Old Raccoon und Hanja Wegen der Puppenspieler, die ihnen ihre Auftr ge geben Nein Eine Handvoll Schurken reicht nicht, um die Welt zu ver ndern Die Welt ist so, weil wir zu kleinlaut sind Weil Leute wie du es f r richtig halten, sich der Apathie zu ergeben, weil sie glauben, nichts, was sie tun, k nnte irgendetwas ndern Seit er denken kann ist Raeseng Killer von Beruf Von Old Raccoon als Kind aufgenommen und zum Profi ausgebildet, waren er und seine Kollegen der Killer Elite Koreas an jedem bedeutenden Attentat der vergangenen Jahrzehnte beteiligt Sogenannte Plotter arbeiten minuti se Pl ne aus, die M nner wie Raeseng dann in die Tat umsetzen Unter der fr heren Milit rdiktatur florierte das Gesch ft, doch allm hlich schwindet der Einfluss der Plotter, was eine neue und j ngere Generation dazu veranlasst, ihr eigenes Netzwerk aufzuziehen Die Nerven liegen auf allen Seiten blank und als Raeseng dann auch noch bei einem Attentat vom Plan eines Plotters abweicht, ger t er selbst auf die Todesliste Sp testens seit Assassin s Creed erfreuen sich Auftragsm rder einer gewissen Beliebtheit Ihr Leben, ihr Umfeld, ihre Arbeit, die daf r erforderliche minuti se Planung all das l dt in eine kaum vorstellbare Welt ein, selbst dann, wenn es nicht in fr hester Vergangenheit oder in einer Fantasywelt angesiedelt ist, sondern in der richtigen.Un Su Kim entwirft in seinem Roman ein ausgekl geltes System es gibt die sogenannten Plotter, die das Drehbuch schreiben Sie entscheiden wer stirbt, zu welchem Zeitpunkt, auf welche Weise und was mit der Leiche passieren soll Die Spotter schaffen die daf r n tigen Informationen ran Gewohnheiten, Umfeld, Tagesabl ufe der Zielperson Killer wie Raeseng bekommen dann alles an die Hand, damit sie den Job ausf hren und das Werkzeug sein k nnen, als das sie ausgebildet wurden Raeseng ist mit den Gesetzen des Fleischmarktes aufgewachsen, die besagen es gibt keine Regeln, ausgenommen der einen man tut, was einem die Plotter auftragen Tut man es nicht und trifft eigene Entscheidungen kann ganz schnell der eigene Kopf rollen Vielen Killern ist es so gegangen und Raeseng hat auf diesem Weg nicht nur Kollegen, sondern auch Freunde verloren Das Gesch ft wird immer h rter und er immer m der Wozu das ganze Aber nachdem er diese Frage regelm ig in einer Menge Bier ertr nkt, setzt er doch artig weiter einen Fu vor den anderen.Raeseng ist ein schwieriger Protagonist Aber vielleicht muss er das auch sein, immerhin l scht er mit einer einzigen Kugel, einem einzigen Stich Leben aus, von denen irgendeine vermeintlich h here Instanz entschieden hat, dass sie beendet werden m ssen Er ist zynisch, zuweilen lethargisch, hat mit dem Leben abgeschlossen Manchmal kann man ihm das hervorragend nachf hlen Manchmal w nscht man sich, dass das Kapitel einfach ein Ende hat und die Geschichte weiter geht Auch die Nebenfiguren wie etwa Old Raccoon, Bear, Mito, Misa oder Hanya waren eigen, wobei es mir bei den meisten schwer f llt zu sagen, ob es eine gute Art von Eigenheit war.Wenn man von den teils sehr abrupten Handlungswechseln mitten im Kapitel absieht meist handelt es sich dabei um R ckblenden war der Schreibstil aber recht angenehm, wenn auch nicht besonders emotional ber hrend In Raesengs Leben gibt es eben keinen gro en Platz f r Gef hle Was es aber gibt sind zum Teil bitterb ser Humor, Gewalt, Blut, vor allen Dingen aber Einblicke in eine Welt, in der das Verbrechen zum Alltag geh rt und in der Mord die bevorzugte L sung aller Probleme ist.Was dem Ganzen f r meinen Geschmack aber ziemlich viel genommen hat war das Ende Mit einigem Abstand zu den Figuren und der Geschichte mag das gro e Finale durchaus realistisch sein, l sst mich als Leser durch seine Abruptheit aber in h chstem Ma e unzufrieden zur ck.Mein erster koreanischer Roman wird mit Sicherheit nicht mein letzter gewesen sein Trotz in meinen Augen nicht zufriedenstellender Aufl sung war es doch spannend, Raeseng auf seinem Weg zu begleiten und in die Welt der Plotter einzutauchen Daf r gibt es von mir solide drei Punkte flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Wal rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves rezensionsexemplar netgalley Dog HouseWenn der Killer sich nicht an die Anweisungen h lt, ist er tot Als Raeseng dem alten Mann und seinem Hund eine gewisse Gnade erweist, muss er also f rchten, selbst zum Abschuss freigegeben zu werden Doch zun chst sind einige andere dran In der sich ndernden Lage in Korea besteht tats chlich die Gefahr, dass die Macht der Plotter vergeht, zu denen auch Raesengs Ziehvater Old Raccoon geh rt Wird Raeseng der Gefahr trotzen k nnen M hsam ist jedenfalls sein Weg und ungewiss ist, ob er Dog HouseWenn der Killer sich nicht an die Anweisungen h lt, ist er tot Als Raeseng dem alten Mann und seinem Hund eine gewisse Gnade erweist, muss er also f rchten, selbst zum Abschuss freigegeben zu werden Doch zun chst sind einige andere dran In der sich ndernden Lage in Korea besteht tats chlich die Gefahr, dass die Macht der Plotter vergeht, zu denen auch Raesengs Ziehvater Old Raccoon geh rt Wird Raeseng der Gefahr trotzen k nnen M hsam ist jedenfalls sein Weg und ungewiss ist, ob er am Ende noch Herr ber die Waffe in seiner Hand sein wird.Mit Raeseng, dem Auftragskiller, begegnet man hier einem Helden der anderen Art Und dieser bewegt sich in einer ganz anderen Welt Hier sind Auftragsmorde an der Tagesordnung Wer im politischen System aneckt oder auch sonst eine unliebsame Person ist, wird schnell mal vom Leben in den Tod bef rdert Verwandten bleibt dabei das R tsel, was mit ihren Lieben wirklich geschehen ist ber Jahre und Jahrzehnte lief dieses System in ruhigen Bahnen Allerdings ist den Killern keine hohe Lebenserwartung beschieden Den Tod seines Freundes und Mentors Chu hat Raeseng nicht verwunden Er will dessen Tod r chen Dass er dabei zwischen die Fronten verschiedener Gangs geraten k nnte, ficht ihn nicht an.Aus europ ischer Sicht sind asiatische L nder doch eher unbekannt, wobei man ber Korea und die dort herrschenden Zust nde m glicherweise noch weniger wei So ist es dann auch wie ein Eintauchen in fremde Gew sser, wenn man beginnt diesen Roman zu lesen In seiner eigenen Naivit t mag man zun chst nicht glauben, dass der freundliche alte Man wirklich sein Leben lassen muss, nur um seine Meinung zumindest in gewissem Umfang zu revidieren, wenn man erf hrt, wer der alte Mann in j ngeren Jahren war Gibt es eine Gerechtigkeit Kann es gerechtfertigt sein, aufzur umen Doch auch dieser Krieg zwischen den verschiedenen Organisationen des T tens, sind es die Aufrechten, die ihn anzetteln Auch wenn man mit europ isch gepoltem Verst ndnis nicht alles nachvollziehen kann, wird man doch in den Bann dieses skurril verdrehten Thrillers gezogen flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Calzean rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves author south korea, culture south korea Very dark satire on the business of assassins It seems market forces can even impact the demand and supply of these guy s services It s a shady business but one in which everyone in Korea knows about and can use.The book starts well with a great scene of the hunter and hunted sharing a last meal Then the story slowly went a bit farcical with plotters plotting against plotters, assassins assassinating assassins and new entrants challenging the status quo But the guy can certainly write flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 02, 2018 yellowdog rated it it was amazing review of another edition Literarischer Thriller aus S dkoreaDie Plotter ist ein spannender Roman aus S dkorea.Die ausdrucksvolle bildliche Sprache des koreanischen Autors erinnert mich weniger an die Filme von Kim Ki Duk, die ich auch sehr sch tze als an die Wucht des fr hen John Woo Bullet in the Head, Hardboiled.Die mafi sen Kreise, die das Leben des 32j hrigen Auftragskillers Raeseng bestimmen, waren immer Teil seines Lebens Raeseng wurde als Baby in einer M lltonne gefunden und dann von Old Raccoon adoptiert So Literarischer Thriller aus S dkoreaDie Plotter ist ein spannender Roman aus S dkorea.Die ausdrucksvolle bildliche Sprache des koreanischen Autors erinnert mich weniger an die Filme von Kim Ki Duk, die ich auch sehr sch tze als an die Wucht des fr hen John Woo Bullet in the Head, Hardboiled.Die mafi sen Kreise, die das Leben des 32j hrigen Auftragskillers Raeseng bestimmen, waren immer Teil seines Lebens Raeseng wurde als Baby in einer M lltonne gefunden und dann von Old Raccoon adoptiert So war sein Leben vorbestimmt Er f hrt die Befehle aus Die Auftragskiller sind seine einzige Familie.Der Autor macht aber auch deutlich, dass gesellschaftliche Misst nde mitverantwortlich sind, die als berbleibsel der s dkoreanischen Milit rdiktatur entstanden.Die Tatsache, dass Raeseng sich sein Leben nicht selbst ausgesucht hat, l sst den Leser mit der Figur f hlen Ein mal als er Anfang Zwanzig war, versuchte er auszubrechen und als Fabrikarbeiter ein b rgerliches Leben zu f hren, doch letztlich konnte er seiner Bestimmung nicht entkommen und kehrte zur ck.Un Su Kim schafft es auf verschiedene Art, Atmosph re aufzubauen, zum Beispiel mit sparsam verteilten effektvollen Action Szenen, aber auch mit ungew hnlichen Schaupl tzen wie das Dog House, die Bibliothek von Old Raccoon, in der sich Raeseng gerne zur ckzieht Eine gro e St rke sind auch die intensiv ausgestalteten Dialoge, die von Ironie und Fatalismus gepr gt sind Keine der Figuren glaubt, seinem Schicksal entgehen zu k nnen.Es ist ebenfalls beeindruckend, was f r eine komplexe Geschichte sich schlie lich entwickelt flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Maura rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, to own I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.What a pleasant surprise I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but what I got was a brutal, surreal, and funny thriller It s a series of what feels like interconnected vignettes that are filled with some of the most entertaining characters I ve read in a while, with a total David Lynch vibe And excellently translated to boot I can t wait for of Kim s work to be released in English flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Silvia Moreno Garcia added it review of another edition There are two novels here The one that is promised at the beginning of The Plotters, when Reseng has a conversation with a target, a conversation which is thrilling and keeps you guessing about the conclusion, and then another novel that just peters out Some nice noir moments, like Reseng discovering a bomb in his toilet, end up feeling like puzzle pieces that don t quite align.Read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Shannon rated it liked it This book is for people who like Chuck Palahniuk would enjoy this novel The writing was very strong and enjoyable to read Unfortunately the plot was disjointed at times with the way the timeline translated However, an overall good and interesting read flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Adding a blurb 3 15 Jul 18, 2018 06 01PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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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 Litt raire Polici re He lives in Jinhae gu, South Korea.


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    1. This is a beautifully translated addition to the emergent genre of Korean Noir, it is offbeat, full of wit, irony and black humour, gritty and brutal but never less than engaging and gripping, set in Seoul In this story of a quagmire of plotters, we have our anti hero an assassin, Reseng, inescapably destined to become an exceptional hitman after being raised by Old Raccoon You cannot help but be drawn into his life and character despite the brutality of his occupation Contract killings are m Th [...]


    2. I won t lie, I found this book a bit baffling in the start but then when the events picked up, and I got what was going on it became so anti climatic and interesting.Would it be awkward if I define it as Tarantino meets David Lynch The whole story, characters, events are bizarre and different, but not in a bad way There is violence, sadness, a well painted atmosphere, solid characters If you re into cat mouse game type of crime novels and fancy a quirk don t give this a miss Second Korean I won [...]


    3. I love how Un su Kim takes the tropes of the hardboiled crime novel, plays around with them, has some professional killers question them within the text and tops it all of with a critique of South Korean society it s clever, inventive and entertaining Our protagonist Reseng has been left in a garbage bin as a baby and then brought up by a librarian who runs a professional assassination business Ry Murakami will probably love this novel We meet 32 year old Reseng, now a successful assassin I love [...]


    4. The Plotters is the first novel by prize winning Korean author, Un su Kim, in English Reseng has been an assassin for fifteen years His facilitator is Old Raccoon, who operates out of the library he calls The Doghouse His instructions come from the Plotters who take orders from the Contractor An assignment will often see Reseng presenting a body to his friend, Bear who runs a pet crematorium but will, for a fee, cremate a human body with due reverence and ceremony.Reseng is careful to mainta The [...]


    5. Considering this was a novel about the hierarchy of assassins, it had a beautifully rolling, gentle prose even in it s violent moments, plus it was hugely compelling and absorbing The Plotters sit at the top of the hired killer food chain, hidden from view but pulling all the strings We rock along with one lowly assassin as he changes the plans and comes under fire This is only my second Korean thriller and I m hoping come my way soon different and quirky, both in the realistic Considering thi [...]


    6. Reading books will doom you to a life of fear and shame Now, do you still feel like reading The Guardian newspaper recently heralded Korean thriller writers as starting a new wave of translated popular fiction to succeed Scandinavian noir and the book on which they centered their article was this by Kim Un su A literal translation of the original title would be designers or architects, but the publisher and translator have gone w Reading books will doom you to a life of fear and sha [...]



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