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The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story by [Eisler, Barry]
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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, The Lost Coast takes place sometime before the events of Inside Out.  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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barry Eisler; 2 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1IXQ8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A short story?" You ask, "Why do I want to read a short story?" First, it's Larison. He's nasty. He's conflicted. He's not somebody you'd want to have a beer with, but what a character for a thriller.

Second, nobody crafts a thriller like Barry Eisler, except maybe Daniel Silva and few others. Every sentence drives the action. Nothing is wasted. Nonstop tension and drama. If you don't like the story itself, but you're interested in what makes a good story, get this, dissect it, and you've got the formula, not at all easy to replicate, but excellently executed by Eisler in the Lost Coast.

Third, hey, it's $2.99. You haven't got $2.99 to pitch in towards Eisler's experiment at self-publishing? Eisler is the author of not one but many international bestsellers. At a time when the literary market is going through a wrenching transition, Eisler is out there, experimenting with this new venue, self-publishing the Lost Coast through Amazon and other outlets. $2.99 gets you a story, an exciting hour or two, a lesson in what makes a great thriller, and you help fund a continuing experiment that may well help the publishing industry find its legs in this new marketplace.

Mostly though you want to read this story because Eisler's next novel isn't on the shelves yet, and yeah, nasty as he is, it's fun -- if just in fiction or perhaps especially only in fiction -- to see Larison dish out some rough justice. Ok maybe a little too rough for some, maybe a little too rough for me, but the fact that Eisler brings Larison to life to the point where the reader even thinks that, tells you something about his craft as an author.
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Every wish the story on the news was that the gay bashers got bashed. Well, here you go. Violent and bloody, with consent issues. Don't read if graphic violence or rape squick you.
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I am not a fan of short stories, but I am a big fan of Barry Eisler,and this story helps fill that empty hollow as I wait for the next book.
Larison is a wonderful character from INSIDE OUT, deep and intriguing. It is not necessary to have read the book to appreciate the story, however. Barry's ability to create this episode in the character's life stands by itself. His writing style will pull you in from the beginning.
Included you will find an interview with J. A. Konrath (surprise) the King of E-publishing and also a brief excerpt from Barry's next novel THE DETACHMENT which will bring together Ben Treven and John Rain. I will probably have to read this many times before it is finally published. :-)
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I'm a lover os Eisler novels and been following avidly John Rain. Lost Coast was the first short story of him I bought and altough it totally fells like one of his books, I felt a bit repugnated by the violence in it. Not that I'm a supporter of an assassin life style, but fiction has this power to make us love characters, even when they are bad and out of the ordinary. John Rain is a soulful charcater and makes us follow him along. LArson, as depcited in this book, is a psycopath that feels real pleasure in hurting and causing pain. Mr Barry argues in the prologue, if I'm not mistaken, that even when he feels tempted to soften a guy like Larson, for the sake of some "sensible readers", he holds it together and keeps him the way it should be. He tries to make a point about how he hates gay bashing and all who does it that he corrupts his character in a way that this guy answer is pure violence. I mean, destroyng someone jaw and mouth agains the curb when they're helpless unconcious. Really? Is that the answer to homophobia? More violence?
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I have enjoyed many Barry Eisler novels, but something happened to me when reading this one. I guess it boils down to this: It is a story about a gay coldblooded killer who gets away with a terrible crime. I just don't like any aspect of that.
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Two or three stars?
Its the new year and I'm feeling charitable.

Im a big fan of Eisler and of John Rain. This story had some surprises for me, not knowing anything about Larison.
If you know the Larison character you can probably guess pretty much what going to happen. For me it was a brief introduction but didn't really make me want to spend more time with him.

The story wasn't developed but did provide a certain catharsis.
It would be perfectible suitable for a magazine or collection.

There's is a lot of publicity and self promoting material added at the end of the book? Story? E- publication? It wasn't particularly enlightening or interesting.
I guess i was hoping for more. I like Eisler's blog.

Mr. Eisler deserves my monetary support and I don't regret paying but this "package" falls short of my expectations.
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Once again, Barry Eisler has shown just how good a short story can be. If you have just an hour or less and want to read something that brings the area near and in Arcata, California to life, this one will do it. The theme is classic Eisler, but, like London Twist, this one will show its uglier side with Larison's sexual preferences and violent tendencies. Once again, Eisler makes his point in the theme, but uses plot and character to close it.
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