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The Khmer Kill: A Dox Short Story (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Barry Eisler
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Product Description

To celebrate a great partnership, Thomas & Mercer and I are coordinating a limited-time sale of all my titles. For three days only, every one of my stories except The Detachment -- self-published, T&M-published, novels, short works, fiction and non fiction -- is on sale for only 99 cents. Only in the Kindle Store, and only on May 24, 25, and 26. Been thinking about acquiring the entire Rain backlist in digital? This is your chance to do it for less than a buck a book. Get 'em while you can!
For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.

The Khmer Kill is approximately 15,000 words, or about 65 pages in paper. It is a short story, not a novel.

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. The first book in Eisler's assassin John Rain series, Rain Fall, is now a minor motion picture (kidding, it's reasonably major) starring Gary Oldman. To learn more, please visit www.barryeisler.com. Or Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008674IA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jai yen
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... is cheap and the risk is big.
That risk first to complete a job and then to be taken off the game, but permanently...

Place: Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Main Players: Dox, mercenary and master sniper, Gant, perhaps CIA or Homeland Sicurity or the NSA.
Target: Rithisak Sorm, Ex-Khmer Rouge, central figure in human - and not only - trafficking.

Gant pays Dox to kill Sorm because the U.S. of A. see in him a more than legitimate candidate for being a "target".
There isn't ONE thing in the world Sorm is NOT trafficking with - drugs, children, money ... And makes tons in every valid currency - and his helpers on the "right" side of the law, too.
And now, that a meeting of the UN-GIFT, the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking will take place at Phnom Penh, this monster will leave his hiding place in Pailin province to to contact his peers. Best opportunity to strike!
But not everything is like it looks - not Dox, often underestimated, not Gant, a really fishy smelling character, not Sorm ...
So - at the very end - some will live, others will die.

And Barry Eisler one more time points his finger right at the U.S. Government accusing the main players of abuse of power.
And ... who likes the way Barry Eisler writes, this story is a must-read!
Maybe get a taste with this story and then You find Yourself hooked for more from Dox.
Read the "John-Rain" books, Rain Fall: John Rain Series, Book 1 to Requiem For An Assassin: John Rain Series, Book 6, plus The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers).
I have done it - and never had any reason to complain...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Dox story 14 Jun 2013
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I do enjoy Barry Eisler's Dox character and this is another example of a good story-line by the author. Its just to short for me... i wanted more.... I know, I know... I was well aware that it was a short story.. I just wasn't satisfied. A good read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars barry rules 12 Jun 2013
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Even the guys short stories are great bring on the next full length book with dox and rain SOON PLEASE
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 8 Jun 2013
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Will fill a dull half hour but not seat of your pants stuff. Hope he doesn't churn stuff out at this level for a quick buck in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading and realistic 28 May 2013
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This is the first book I've read by this author. Very Entertaining, good story and well written. I will read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short story 22 April 2013
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found it interesting, quite a short story but i enjoyed it.
would like a follow up story from this author,
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