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on 9 August 2014
For its genre, this is a well written and pacey thriller about a half Japanese half American assassin. For the most part it mixes well the personal stories of its main protagonists with the larger story of government corruption.
Its also clear the author knows Tokyo inside out, and one of the most enjoyable things about this book was being taken on a kind of tour of the city while the plot of a thriller unfurls around you. These sections usually take place as Rain indulges in elaborate anti-surveillance manoeuvres. These are interesting the first couple of times they happen, but start getting slightly wearing after that.
What's odd about this book (and I'm not sure if it's intentional or not) is that, while Rain is often described as an "anti-hero", he is in fact much more than that. Namely, he is a complete and utter psychopath. I don't mean that in the crazy American Psycho meaning, I mean it more in the cold and clinical sense that he is a man who is utterly unsympathetic to the feelings or emotions of other people. He kills at the slightest provocation and drags Midori (the love interest) through the most tortuous circumstances with barely a murmur from his conscience.
Despite this, you do end up rooting for him and it makes this book an interesting departure from most books of its type.