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Welcome return of Delilah
on 25 February 2013
I have to admit, I will pick up anything by Barry Eisler - he writes so well, his scripts are taut, great stories brimming with stunning locales and best of all, the characters. Another admission: Delilah isn't my favorite character. As Rain's partner I felt she took him away from what he does, blunted his edge and I was relieved when they parted ways in 'Paris is a Bitch'.
However, London Twist has changed my view on her in a big way. Like Eisler's other books it has the locales and the 'operator trade craft' his books are so loved for, but it is so different in a good way as it's not just about 'taking out' a subject. Like Rain is better off alone, so is Delilah, Mossad's top 'honey trap' agent - who is coerced into helping British Intelligence get close to an activist. What makes the story so well written is that the war on terror is viewed objectively by Eisler and his criticisms of his own governments actions are quite refreshing to read. Delilah's mark is an engaging individual and you feel for her, just as you feel for Delilah and her situation and the inevitable aftermath.
If you like the Rain-verse and Barry's other books I simply can't recommend this enough. I look forward to his next book AND Delilah's return.