Title: A Clean Kill in Tokyo
Author: Barry Eisler
Year published: 2002
Date finished: November 16, 2016
Review: John Rain is a Japanese American man living in Tokyo. He loves the city, whiskey and jazz. And ... he has an unusual profession: He's an assassin. And his specialty is making his killings look like they were of natural causes.
In A Clean Kill in Tokyo (originally published as Rain Fall), the first in the John Rain series, he is hired to kill a man, which he does by stopping the guy's pacemaker.That would be that, but ... complications ensue. First, he meets a beautiful jazz pianist who turns out to be the daughter of the man he killed. Then it turns out that the reason for the killing is that the guy had a computer disk with information that would compromise the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. And a lot of people want that disk.
Lots of violence, lots of twists in the plot and it kept me turning the pages and that's what a thriller should do.
About the author: Barry Eisler is an American author and lawyer. He worked at the CIA and at startups in Japan and America before going into full time writing.