There’s an assassin in Seoul, South Korea working for a mysterious organization based out of a library run by a man called “Old Raccoon,” acting on orders by anonymous masterminds called “plotters.”
If that premise doesn’t immediately want to make you drop everything and go read Un-Su Kim’s The Plotters, maybe this isn’t for you. But for fans of crime novels — and thrillers, and mysteries, and everything else associated with crime — this is for you. This is Un-Su Kim’s first novel translated into English, and in Korea, it won the Munhakdongne Novel Prize (the most prestigious literary prize in Korea).
The story is centered on Reseng, an assassin who knows nothing else. He was orphaned, then adopted by Old Raccoon, one of the men who runs an assassins group in Korea — Old Raccoon’s is based out of a library. The characters — Reseng, Old Raccoon, Bear (the man who cremates the bodies brought to him by assassins), Barber (a rival assassin), and more — are well-written and deeply interesting.
The premise of The Plotters is that behind every murder (or murder that is made to look like a suicide, or accident) are a team of “plotters” who script everything to be just so. I found it really readable — and plotted (ha) at a quick pace. There’s a whole conspiracy in the back half of the book that I would have loved to have been introduced to earlier on, and Reseng’s motivations (why does he remain an assassin?) aren’t always clear. Yet — the book is a really gripping read.
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