From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Eisler's taut and compelling fourth thriller to feature John Rain (after 2004's Rain Storm
), the freelance assassin's latest employer, Israeli intelligence, has sent him and his longtime associate, Dox, to Manila to kill weapons dealer Manheim Levi. Just as Rain is about to make his move, however, Levi's young son suddenly appears on the scene; Levi's bodyguards wind up shot while Levi and his son escape. The dead bodyguards turn out to be ex-CIA; and Jim Hilger, the renegade Company man with whom they were also working, is upset enough to ask his own specialists to exact revenge. Trying to find a way to complete his mission, Rain contacts Delilah, a fellow intelligence agent with whom he's been involved. But her Mossad colleagues, who have lost their trust in Rain's reliability, are setting up their own plan to take care of him. The plot has enough twists and turns to satisfy, and Eisler is an adept hand at pacing and suspense. The dialogue generally rings true, though the switching back and forth between first- and third-person narrative can be distracting. Various exotic Asian locales add to the appeal.
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Freelance assassin John Rain returns for a fourth outing. He has a new boss, the Israeli intelligence organization Mossad; a new partner, the affable sniper Dox; and a new outlook: maybe killing only bad people will help him feel better about himself. The plan falls apart, however, when Rain botches his assignment and winds up on the run, from both his current employer and his former colleagues at the CIA. The Rain series has been compared to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, but there's one important difference: Fleming never took Bond seriously, and Eisler takes Rain very seriously indeed. That's not necessarily bad, of course, but it may be easier to sustain the superkiller premise if you can laugh at it a little. Killing Rain
is the weakest in the series, but it's by no means a failure. There's plenty of nicely detailed action here, and if the idea of a hard-edged professional killer with a conscience seems to be losing some of its oomph, Eisler is a skilled enough writer to resuscitate his hero next time out. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved