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  • ISBN: 0385544383
  • ISBN: 9780385544382
  • Physical Description: 291 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]

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General Note: "This translation originally published in Australia, in slightly different form, by The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, in 2018."--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.: In an alternate-reality Seoul, South Korea, where assassination guilds compete for dominance, Reseng uncovers a scheme set into motion by a trio of young women, forcing him to decide if he will remain a pawn of the plotters who control the city's criminals.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2
    *Starred Review* Reseng, 32, has been a professional assassin for 15 years, minus a short factory-worker stint at 22, while playing house with the love of his life. That he's survived this long—never mind his risky career, he's also a two-pack-a-day smoker with a beer-for-breakfast diet—is remarkable. Pulled from a garbage can as an infant, nunnery-raised until he turned four, Reseng then grew up fostered by a killer called Old Racoon, living in his gloomy, labyrinthine library named the Doghouse. Discovering literacy at nine (he never went to school), Reseng now avoids boredom and loneliness by reading books, from Sophocles to Calvino, in between his murderous assignments by the plotters—the elite, beyond-the-law puppet masters who control their putative democracy in post-military-dictatorship style. Reseng's life continues smoothly enough until he finds a bomb in his toilet. Fortunately, he was Beer Week-upchucking; other-end purging would have been fatally explosive. His search for the bombmaker leads him to two orphaned sisters and a cross-eyed librarian from his past and onward to an ultimate plot that might save the world—or might not. The winner of prestigious prizes in Korea, Kim makes his anglophone debut, thanks to Kim-Russell, who captures his dark, dark wit and searing sarcasm in an irresistible sociopolitical parable designed to delight and dismay. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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 Littérature Policière.

The translator, Sora Kim-Russell, is a Korean American living in Seoul, where she teaches translation.

FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Crime & Mystery
FICTION / Satire
FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
Assassins Fiction
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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