Hard Rain Paperback – 2 Dec 2004
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Barry Eisler's half-breed freelance assassin John Rain returns to Tokyo for a second outing in Hard Rain, the sequel to Eisler's stunning 2002 debut, Rain Fall. Once again Rain is working with, or at least parallel to, Tatsu, a wily veteran of Japan's FBI equivalent, who aims to cleanse the Japanese government of its systemic corruption. To further this goal, he's persuaded the ever-cautious Rain to take out Murakami, a brutal gangster and hitman who specializes in making his killings look like suicide, a specialty Rain thought was his alone. Liquidating the dangerous and elusive Murakami proves to be a difficult task, however, one that leads to personal loss for Rain, and sets the plot on course for a climax that hits with the power of a well-delivered roundhouse kick.
Eisler builds on Rain's self-enforced isolation and loneliness as he expertly shows the reader Tokyo as channeled by Chandler, transforming the burgeoning metropolis into a noir catacomb of dimly lit hostess bars, scheming bureaucrats, shadowy intelligence agents, and outlaw martial arts dojos where thugged-up yakuza train for illicit death matches.
While the plot becomes complicated toward the novel's conclusion, Rain is a refreshing and complex character whom readers will want to see return for another instalment. If you've a yen for a thriller that mixes suspense, intrigue, and action with a Japanese flavour and a hardboiled American attitude, Eisler's Hard Rain is an excellent choice. --Benjamin Reese, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A gripping, coherent thriller. Rain is a classic character' -- Times
'An adrenaline-soaked thriller ... Eisler knows how to keep the pages turning' -- Observer
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoed this book, it was very well written, weaved a good story and was set in an exotic location (Japan). It had a good pace - built the tension well and had the odd bit of violence (but it wasnt over the top supercar chases, jumpin out of planes without parachutes, etc).
I recommend it and have just ordered 2 more by the same author via Amazon. (The Anti Hero John Rain is just so interesting).
ps I didnt read the first in the series and it was esay to jump into this one.
John Rain is an assassin and tough guy (Hard Rain, geddit?) and the book opens with him bumping off a Japanese mobster. Rain's speciality is making it appear that his subjects die of natural causes. Interspersed with the ultra-violence are detailed descriptions of the trade-craft of the assassin - evading surveillance and tracking down his targets. The character's introspection dominates - never trust anyone, not even his friend (singular) and lovers (plural, but only just).
Far from a sympathetic subject, even though the novel is written in the first person. But endlessly fascinating, not least because it is set largely in Tokyo.
That said, on the positive side, I continue to appreciate Rain - he is a man you will either like or hate. Since I already have the third book, 'Choke Point', I fall into the fan club side of the readership. I hope this one will have more action and less ruminations about what Rain is going to do next and why. So far, he's been considering moving to USA, now Brazil; I wait for his next destination with some interest, though I suspect Japan will win out yet again.
Keep them coming Barry!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
enjoyed this book, when I went to get another title they were a higher price. shame, as it was a cracking read.Published 8 days ago by Mrs. C. Hanson
In the main I enjoyed the book but in places found the locations being a bit over described.Published 2 months ago by S. Richardson