Barry Eisler
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Barry Eisler

I've been blessed with a variety of interesting jobs: a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations (now called the National Clandestine Service); attorney in an international law firm; in-house counsel at the Osaka headquarters of Panasonic; executive in a Silicon Valley technology startup.

But the best job by far has been novel writing, and who'd have guessed that my agency training, my time as a lawyer, my experiences in Japan, and a background in martial arts would form a good background for political thrillers? I get a lot of my material from actual US government craziness (assassinations, torture, indefinite imprisonment, bulk surveillance...you know, everything needed these days to to Keep Us Safe). As I like to say, what's bad for America is good for thriller writers.

A lot of what I've speculated about turns out to be true: the kill list, or "International Terrorist Threat Matrix," I introduced in 2004 in Winner Take All, for example, came to light in 2012 and 2013 as the "Disposition Matrix," courtesy of the Obama administration. The safety shortcomings of Japanese nuclear reactors I described in 2003 in A Lonely Resurrection were documented following the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe. And the pacemaker hack that kicked off my first book--A Clean Kill in Tokyo, in 2002--turns out to have been a real concern of Dick Cheney's, as revealed in his memoirs (it also turned up in the second season of Homeland).

The books have won a bunch of awards and made various "Best of" lists, which is nice. If you want to follow what I'm up to beyond the books, Twitter's a good bet--@barryeisler. And then there's Facebook; the mailing list you can find on my website; and my blog, The Heart of the Matter.

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Best Sellers

    • Zero Sum

    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 764
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 703

    Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welcome back John Rain!

    • By shelley on 06-28-17

    Regular price: $23.99

    • The Killer Collective

    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry - a hit that had been offered to John Rain....

    Regular price: $24.99

    • A Clean Kill in Tokyo

    • John Rain, Book 1
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

    Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A shark must keep swimming or it will die

    • By AudioAddict on 04-01-16

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Livia Lone

    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589

    Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!

    • By shelley on 10-27-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Night Trade

    • Livia Lone, Book 2
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 718
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 661
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660

    For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

    • By shelley on 01-24-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Fault Line

    • Ben Treven, Book 1
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 749
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 745

    In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent! Better then the Rain series.

    • By shelley on 04-17-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • A Lonely Resurrection

    • John Rain, Book 2
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 924
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 844
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 839

    All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better the second time around

    • By shelley on 04-26-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Redemption Games

    • John Rain, Book 4
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 686
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 682

    After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series

    • By shelley on 04-20-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Graveyard of Memories

    • John Rain, Book 8
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 974
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 975

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kudos to Eisler for some real life lessons here

    • By shelley on 04-24-14

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Extremis

    • John Rain, Book 5
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 615
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 608

    Even for an average citizen, a love triangle is dangerous business. For assassin John Rainn - "one of the most compelling lead characters in the genre" ( USA Today) it's going to be downright deadly....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb Book!

    • By Wayne on 09-12-15

    Regular price: $29.99

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