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

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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: 49 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barry Eisler (April 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XQVKR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been blessed with a variety of interesting jobs: a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations (now called the National Clandestine Service); attorney in an international law firm; in-house counsel at the Osaka headquarters of Panasonic; executive in a Silicon Valley technology startup.

But the best job by far has been novel writing--political thrillers, as it happens, with a lot of realistic action, exotic locations, and steamy sex. My agency training, my time as a lawyer, my experiences in Japan, and a background in martial arts all inform my writing. I get a lot of my material from actual US government craziness (assassinations, torture, indefinite imprisonment, bulk surveillance...you know, everything needed these days to to Keep Us Safe). As I like to say, what's bad for America is good for thriller writers.

A lot of what I've speculated about turns out to be true: the kill list, or "International Terrorist Threat Matrix," I introduced in 2004 in Winner Take All, for example, came to light in 2012 and 2013 as the "Disposition Matrix," courtesy of the Obama administration. The safety shortcomings of Japanese nuclear reactors I described in 2003 in A Lonely Resurrection were documented following the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe. And the pacemaker hack that kicked off my first book--A Clean Kill in Tokyo, in 2002--turns out to have been a real concern of Dick Cheney's, as revealed in his memoirs (it also turned up in the second season of Homeland).

The books have won a bunch of awards and made various "Best of" lists, which is nice. My first book--A Clean Kill in Tokyo, which introduced "natural causes" assassin John Rain--was made into a Japanese language movie called Rain Fall a few years back. The whole Rain series is now being developed for television by Cinemax, with Keanu Reeves starring. Hope to have some updates on that reasonably soon.

If you want to follow what I'm up to beyond the books, Twitter's a good bet--@barryeisler. And then there's Facebook; the mailing list you can find on my website; and my blog, The Heart of the Matter.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By LnBen on April 24, 2011
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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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By agent210 on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Mc on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Livington on 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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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Clark on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Jones on 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 By Kathy Hall on 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 By Lyn Perry on 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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