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    ‘The Plotters’ is a chilling portrait of a killer for hire

    U.S.A.
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    January 23, 2019
    It’s a bull market for fictional hit men. Among recent assassin-centric thrillers is Malcolm Mackay’s brilliant Glasgow Trilogy: “The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter,” “How a Gunman Says Goodbye” and “The Sudden Arrival of Violence,” plus a couple of stand-alones by the same author. Now comes...
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    Princess Bari

    U.S.A
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    2019
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Princess Bari tells the story of a young girl, frail and brave, who escapes from famine and death in North Korea in the 1990s. Seeking refuge in China before crossing oceans in the hold of a cargo...
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    • Available

    The Plotters

    Australia
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    2018
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    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,...
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    Thriller's a movie beaming off the pages

    Singapore
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    May 28, 2019
    The Plotters by South Korean writer Kim Un-Su is one such book. It is poised somewhere between the viscerally pulpy John Wick film franchise and Ernest Hemingway's fatalistic 1927 short story The Killers, but with an entirely Korean sensibility. It is a superb example of its genre, insofar as...
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    Don't Judge 'The Plotters' By Its Cover ... Blurb

    U.S.A.
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    Jan 28, 2019
    They say you shouldn't judge books by their covers, but seldom are we warned you shouldn't judge them by their blurbs. Logic indicates it's useless to grow too attached to blurbs, and yet they seem to color our perception of novels. Sometimes blurbs taunt us, sometimes they underwhelm us (how many...
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    The best recent thrillers – review roundup

    United Kingdom
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    Jan 29, 2019
    Part of a wave of Korean thrillers translated into English in recent months, The Plotters by Un-su Kim (translated by Sora Kim-Russell; 4th Estate) follows the trials and tribulations of Reseng, found in a rubbish bin as a baby, raised in a library where assassinations are planned, and now one of...
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    Korean writer on long list for Man Booker International Prize

    Indonesia
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    March 14, 2019
    Novelist Hwang Sok-yong one of the most acclaimed writers in South Korea today, has been long-listed for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for At Dusk
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    Dystopia Is Everywhere

    U.S.A.
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    Feb. 14 2019
    In Hye-young Pyun’s City of Ash and Red , an unnamed employee of a pesticide company attends a party where he crushes an interloping rat with a designer bag. The branch manager is impressed enough to offer the man a promotion via relocation to Country C. The island where he is meant to reside is...
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    The PlottersUn-su Kim

    A thriller like you've never read one before, from the hottest new voice in Korean fiction 'Kill Bill meets Murakami' D. B. John, author of Star of the North 'A work of literary genius' Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of Home 'I loved it!' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show '...
  • City of Ash and Red

    U.S.A.
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    2018
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Distinguished for his talents as a rat killer, the nameless protagonist of Hye-young Pyun's City of Ash and Red is sent by the extermination company he works for on an extended assignment in C, a...

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