Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book review: A Clean Kill in Tokyo by Barry Eisler

Title:  A Clean Kill in Tokyo

Author:  Barry Eisler

Year published: 2002

Date finished:  November 16, 2016

Genre: Thriller

Rating:  B+

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.

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