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Paris Is A Bitch -- A Rain/Delilah Short Story (John Rain) [Kindle Edition]

Barry Eisler
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For most couples, a quiet dinner for two at Auberge de la Reine Blanche on the Ile Saint Louis would be just the thing to smooth out the complications in a romance. But for gorgeous Mossad operative Delilah and trying-to-retire contract killer John Rain, nothing is ever easy, and when Rain sees a crew of hard-looking men setting up outside the restaurant, he realizes someone has been bringing her work home with her. Is it a hit -- or something even worse? When it comes to killing, business and pleasure is the most dangerous mix of all.

Includes an essay called Personal Safety Tips from Assassin John Rain, which contains information that will be at least as valuable to civilians as it has been to Rain.

This story is approximately 8500 words -- the equivalent of about 35 paper pages. It is a short story, not a novel.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I get a lot of questions about when these short stories take place among the various novels I've written.  The short answer is, it doesn't really matter -- everything I write is designed to be read as a standalone story.  But for anyone who's still concerned about mapping out a timeline, Paris is a Bitch takes place somewhere between the events of The Killer Ascendant and The Detachment.  Enjoy.

About the Author

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. To learn more, please visit barryeisler.com. Or Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.

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  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barry Eisler (April 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XQVKR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Is a Bitch much more than a short story. April 24, 2011
By LnBen
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Where "Requiem For An Assassin" left readers wondering; and the promise of things to come in "The Detachment" left readers hoping. "Paris Is A Bitch" is the necessary bridge. It stands alone as a great, quick read. It will also satiate 'Rain' fans until the release of "The Detachment". Anyone not following Eisler's Japanese/American hero, this is a good place to get a taste of excellent neo-thriller writing.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris isnt the only thing .......... April 24, 2011
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I enjoyed this story. The relationship between Rain and Delilah has interested me since the beginning. Jon Rain is a character who is not easily defined. I like reading about him because his journey is fascinating and hopeful. Even though Barry writes thrillers, I would like to see some happiness for Rain.

I hope Barry does a short story about Dox. HE IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER!! Dox should have a novel written only about him!

I digress, thanks for the giving your fans something to read while we wait for The Detachment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Bond in Love January 2, 2012
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Not James but his protege. A martial arts expert and retired assassin who is dating a Mossad agent who refuses to quit her job. Kind of like spouses who smoke and one quits. Seeing the other still smoking induces cravings. For as short as this tale is there was some great character development and a complete start to finish story. A nice short thrill ride.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait to buy this one May 6, 2011
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Without doubt this is a better story than The Lost Coast, and confirmed Eisler fans will want to read it. Actually, even if you're new to Eisler this wouldn't be a bad place to start as it has major characters, themes, and plot elements that characterize the full-length novels. I think it's likely that if this story doesn't engage you, you wouldn't like the full-length novels either.

My major gripe, and it's a big one, is the price.

First, $2.99 is just too much. Other established authors in the genre and on a par with Mr. Eisler and who have started self-publishing ebooks (e.g. Tim Hallinan and Brett Battles) give us a full-length novel for $2.99 - much better value for the $.

Second, the Amazon description is somewhat misleading. Half or a little more of the download is NOT the story - it's just padding, e.g. preview chapters of Eisler's upcoming novel. So the story turned out to be much shorter than I expected.

Third, Mr. Eisler's strategy seems to be to price his stories at $2.99 when they first come out, then lower the price. I notice that The Lost Coast is $1.99 now, vs. $2.99 when I made the mistake of buying it a few weeks ago. If I'm right about this, you'll get the story for less before long, and there's certainly no reason to be in a hurry to read it.

I thought The Lost Coast should have been $.49. On that scale Paris Is a Bitch should be about $.69
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story March 10, 2014
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This was my first from this author and as a result I have purchased more of his books. Rain is a strong character who has sensitivity as well as lethal skills. Great writing, characters and realistic dialog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriler Story February 10, 2014
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John Rain is no one to be messed with, although you don't learn that until later in this nifty little thriller. He and Delilah are having an intimate dinner in Paris. Rain is considering getting out of the spy/assassin game, while Delilah isn't ready to leave yet. Rain is grappling with his emotions because he isn't sure he can get out if she stays in, unless he leaves her.Things pick up quickly after that, as a team is onto them both, and Rain needs to use all his skills to survive
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping December 5, 2013
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A well-written and gripping little thriller that is a mini-novel in its story arc. The two main characters are so well-drawn that you can see them in your mind as you read. Rain is a fascinating and terrifying character at the same time. He's as ruthless as James Bond and just as deadly, only he can use his hands like others use weapons. The pace builds as the story progresses, to a slam-bang climax.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Introduction to John Rain February 6, 2014
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This short story was my first exposure to John Rain (a trying-to-retire assassin) and Delilah (a Mossad operative). I thought it well done, and for a buck, definitely worth 20 minutes of enjoyment. Eisler provides some interesting back matter to boot. The story did what it was intended to do, pique my interest in more of Barry's writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read!
Barry Eisler is on top of it as always. Great short read if you are addicted to John Rain like me. I also enjoyed the practical advice added at the end of the book.
Published 19 days ago by Kyle E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rain remains the most fascinating guy in this literary genre
Barry can do no wrong and Rain is surely the Master of the Universe when coming from his pen.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a small amount of rain.
I liked it but he should have lengthened it to a novel. He needs to flesh out his female characters.
Published 1 month ago by prozac
3.0 out of 5 stars Would have made a great novel.
I'm not really into short stories but I had heard Eisler was a very good author. This was the only book of his that was released for e-books. It would have made a great novel.
Published 1 month ago by lady lily jeep
4.0 out of 5 stars good story.
Consistent characters, good story.
Published 2 months ago by Linda L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I really love this book about John Rain and Delilah therein Paris, something is wrong, they want Delilah. you will love this author.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting new charecter
Eisler did a great job of developing a new love interest for Rain. To bring an exciting new woman into Rains life was not easy. Eisler did it right. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roger W. Babson
3.0 out of 5 stars Rain & Delilah reach a tipping point...
Not a WHOLE LOT here to review, but if you like the John Rain stories, it's definitely one that's well-worth the small amount of time you'll need to read it. :)
Published 3 months ago by TBone
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I love the characters and Eisler's writing, but was disappointed in the shortness of the story. Much of the little book is comprised of other stuff not relevant to the main story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DWS
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting chapter in the romance
This is classic Rain but more of the exact same thing. Little new about the complex relationship or Rain's future. I still love the characters and would like more Rain.
Published 4 months ago by Marty Riback
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A Note On The New Titles

Why have I changed the titles of the Rain books? Simply because I've never thought the titles were right for the stories. The right title matters--if only because the wrong one has the same effect as an inappropriate frame around an otherwise beautiful painting. Not only does the painting not look good in the wrong frame; it will sell for less, as well. And if you're the artist behind the painting, having to see it in the wrong frame, and having to live with the suboptimal commercial results, is aggravating.

The sad story of the original Rain titles began with the moniker Rain Fall for the first in the series. It was a silly play on the protagonist's name, and led to an unfortunate and unimaginative sequence of similar such meaningless, interchangeable titles: Hard Rain, Rain Storm, Killing Rain (the British titles were better, but still not right: Blood from Blood for #2; Choke Point for #3; One Last Kill for #4). By the fifth book, I was desperate for something different, and persuaded my publisher to go with The Last Assassin, instead. In general, I think The Last Assassin is a good title, but in fairness it really has nothing to do with the story in the fifth book beyond the fact that there's an assassin in it. But it was better than more of Rain This and Rain That. The good news is, the fifth book did very well indeed; the bad news is, the book's success persuaded my publisher that assassin was a magic word and that what we needed now was to use the word assassin in every title. And so my publisher told me that although they didn't care for my proposed title for the sixth book--The Killer Ascendant--they were pleased to have come up with something far better. The sixth book, they told me proudly, would be known as The Quiet Assassin.

I tried to explain that while not quite as redundant as, say, The Deadly Assassin or The Lethal Assassin, a title suggesting an assassin might be notable for his quietness was at best uninteresting (as opposed to, say, Margret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which immediately engages the mind because of the connection of two seemingly contradictory qualities). The publisher was adamant. I told them that if they really were hell-bent on using assassin in a title that otherwise had nothing to do with the book, couldn't we at least call the book The Da Vinci Assassin, or The Sudoku Assassin? In the end, we compromised on Requiem for an Assassin, a title I think would be good for some other book but is unrelated to the one I wrote--beyond, again, the bare fact of the presence of an assassin in the story.

Now that I have my rights back and no longer have to make ridiculous compromises about these matters, I've given the books the titles I always wanted them to have--titles that actually have something to do with the stories, that capture some essential aspect of the stories, and that act as both vessel and amplifier for what's most meaningful in the stories. For me, it's like seeing these books for the first time in the frames they always deserved. It's exciting, satisfying, and even liberating. Have a look yourself and I hope you'll enjoy them.

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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. To learn more, please visit www.barryeisler.com. Or Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.

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