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This review is from: Paris Is A Bitch -- A Rain/Delilah Short Story (Kindle Edition)
To be fair to Barry Eisler his description of this self-published 'short story' does tell you exactly how long (or short) it is, so I can't reasonably claim that I was short changed by its brevity.
I can however, criticise the quality of the story itself. The short story is a difficult literary form to pull-off successfully, and with 'Paris is a Bitch' Eisler fumbles the ball. Whilst he provides some crunching action the story overall is less than compelling. A good short story should provide the same complexity of plot, character and narrative that you would expect from a full length novel, albeit in a more concentrated form. Eisler doesn't offer any of this; he seems to have simply written a short chapter to bridge the gap between his last John Rain novel and the next and reset the character of Rain geographically.
You never feel that the events he recounts are so significant or complex that they demanded to be told in a short story form. They're so comparatively straightforward and inconsequential that they could easily have been relegated to an anecdote in the next Rain novel and we wouldn't have been any worse off. Those tackling The Detachment, the next John Rain novel, aren't going to have their enjoyment lessened if they haven't read 'Paris is a Bitch'. This short story doesn't add any new facets to the characters of Rain or Delilah or send them off in particularly unexpected directions. In truth I can't think of any reason to recommend reading this unless you have an overhwelming desire to see John Rain back in action again.
I consider myself a fan of Eisler's work, but having read this I will not be picking up any more of his 'short stories' such as The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story. Its not enough just to give us a short burst of fists flying and heads cracking or a teaser of future adventures. Short stories need decent self-contained tales that are worth telling and need to genuinely move characters forward. 'Paris is a Bitch' offers neither and despite the low price must therefore be considered a disappointment.