A comic literary thriller—one part Raymond Chandler, one part Joseph Heller, one part Zeno of Citium—set against the backdrop of South Korea’s booming assassination markets, The Plotters tells the story of Reseng, a hitman for hire who must decide whether he’s going to continue with his life of blindly following orders or finally strike out on his own.
This is a satisfactorily entertaining novel that hits some of the notes I’d like to see played more in contemporary fiction: funny, bright, absurdly violent and philosophical without swerving into didacticism. The main character, a morose and cynical young South Korean hitman, is fully drawn and compelling. The plot is engaging and the story, a satire of nihilist capitalism, is a lot of fun. Solid B. I hope Un-Su Kim gets translated more into English.