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John Rain, a Japanese American konketsu, or half-breed, learned his lethal trade as a member of the U.S. Special Forces. Although tortured by memories of atrocities he committed in Vietnam, he has become a paid assassin, a solitary man who lives in the shadows and trusts no one, even those who pay extraordinary sums for his ability to make murder look like natural death. But the aftermath of an otherwise routine hit on a government bureaucrat brings Rain to the attention of two men he knows from the old days in Vietnam: a friend who's now a Tokyo cop and an enemy who betrayed Rain long ago and is now the CIA's station chief in Japan. Like the gangster who hired Rain to kill Yasuhiro Kawamura, they want something the dead man had--a computer disk containing proof of high-level corruption, information that could destroy Japan's ruling political coalition. The search for the disk leads them to a woman Rain has come to love, a talented young jazz musician who also happens to be Kawamura's daughter. In this taut, brilliantly paced debut thriller, set in a vividly rendered Tokyo, the author manages an unlikely feat; he earns the reader's sympathy and concern for his protagonist, an amoral assassin who is one of most compelling characters in recent crime fiction. —Jane Adams--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Set in a memorable noir version of Tokyo (jazz clubs, whiskey bars, "love hotels"), Eisler's rich and atmospheric debut thriller winds its way around the city's extensive rail system and its upscale Western boutiques Mulberry, Paul Stuart, Nicole Farhi London, Le Ciel Bleu, J.M. Weston. The author an American lawyer who has lived and worked in Japan brings to life a complex and most interesting hero: John Rain, a hard and resourceful man in his 40s with an American mother, a Japanese father, a childhood spent in both countries and a stretch with Special Operations in Vietnam that literally made him what he is today a highly paid freelance assassin. The book begins with Rain arranging the death (on the subway) of a prominent government figure by short-circuiting his pacemaker and making it look like the man died of a heart attack. But Rain's relatively simple life suddenly becomes very complicated when he finds himself involved both romantically and professionally with the dead man's lovely daughter, Midori, a talented jazz pianist. Formidable adversaries a nasty CIA agent from John's Vietnam days; a right-wing guru who uses Shinto priests as spies and yakuza gangsters as enforcers; a tireless old cop seem intent on exposing Rain and eliminating Midori. There are several excellent action scenes, an amusing and touching young computer nerd who is Rain's only reliable ally and, most of all, an intriguing and intimate evocation of Japan's intense love-hate relationship with America.
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I like this John Rain character and plan to read more of Barry Eisler's books in this series.
I like the way this book is narrated in the first person, from the point of view of the main character/assassin.
I recommend Rain Fall to thriller fans who enjoy a strong plot, interesting characters, and fast moving action.
i enjoy rereading his john rain series, the social personal life problems, not a tool to be used when needed and returned to the toolbox.Published 1 day ago by ra
A good mystery with much detail about Japanese live and the city of Tokyo. I enjoyed the book but will wait a while the read the next in the series.Published 2 days ago by D. Sampson
Very good book, a bit on the short side but good. It is alot more of a narrow simple storyline then say a Tom Clancy book or Game of Thrones style book, but still enjoyable. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kevin Ambrose
I love the rich cityscape shown in this book, and the character study of the culture really (right or wrong - I don't know). Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michael McClure
Not since Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, from Michael Connelly, have I enjoyed a book character so much. It's well written fast paced. Solid read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by dennis moore
Unfortunately I didn't realize that this was a re-release of a previous title until I'd started to read it again! Read morePublished 6 days ago by par70mike