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From New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler...Livia Lone is back.

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 Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal.

But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

Livia and Dox couldn't be less alike. But they share a single-minded creed: the law has to serve justice. And if it doesn't, justice has to be served another way.

What they don't know is that in threatening Sorm, they're also threatening a far-reaching conspiracy - one involving the highest levels of America's own intelligence apparatus. It turns out that killing Sorm just might be the easy part. The real challenge will be payback from his protectors.

©2018 Barry Eisler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

I loved the first book in the Livia Lone series, but this second book is even better.
Chapter one starts with Livia putting an agent from homeland security down on a mat while sparring. He then tries to recruit her to work on a human sex trafficking case.
Chapter two brings Dox (from John Rain series). He gets hired to kill a man he's told is a trafficker. He realizes the man is not and and Dox refuses. When he's ambushed later he kills his three attackers and then the man who tried to hire him.
Dox and Livia accidentally end up meeting during another ambush and help each other get out of it. They end up teaming up together, and what a great team they make - in more ways than one! Livia has her hang ups from being trafficked as a child and Dox is such a sweetheart when it comes to the ladies...
This is such an exciting story, there is a dangerous situation around every corner. I started it and refused to talk to anyone until it was finished!!
Barry Eisler narrates his own books flawlessly. I really enjoy the sound of his voice.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-25-18

WOW!!

In The Night Trade, Book 2 in the Livia Lone series, two of Barry Eisler's most compelling characters meet and join in a battle against sex traffickers in Thailand. For policewoman Livia Lone killing Rithisak Sorm and his employees is deeply personal because he is the man who sent her sister and her to the US in a shipping container sixteen years ago. For former US Marine sniper Dox it is less personal, but Soam's second in command killed a friend of his.

Dox, a colorful and loud Texan with a heart of gold, appears in several of Eisler's John Rain novels as a friend of Rain who occasionally works with him. Four years ago Eisler released a ninety minute short story about Dox titled The Khmer Kill. Ironically Soam's name appears tangentially in The Khmner Kill. (I just realized that I have not reviewed that short story, so I'll do so in a few minutes.)

I've listened to all of Barry Eisler's novels and short stories and am a big fan of his writing. In my opinion The Night Trade is the best Eisler novel (he has not written any that deserve less than 5 stars). Four years ago Eisler re-released all of his audio novels with Eisler himself narrating and he has continued to narrate all of his books since. Barry Eisler is a superb narrator.

All of Barry Eisler's novels and short stories are available to Kindle Unlimited members for $1.99 or less each. All can be purchased by others through the Amazon website for less than the cost of an Audible credit. Eisler was among the first established authors to move to self publishing bringing the cost to consumers of his ebooks and audio books down drastically.

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another great book

once again, Barry Eisler wrote another great book. the characters are so exciting and the merging of Dox and Livia was tough and sweet put together. Well done Barry.

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Book is Great...

Southern accent needs work! But book was fantastic. Love the meshing of characters, I missed Dox

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Awesome

I got this book 2 days ago, worked a full 16 hours got in 2 full rounds of golf and just finished it! Was skeptical about Mr. Eisler going sideways of Rain but Livia Lone is the female his female equal, cant wait to see them spar!

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 02-09-18

Barry Eisler Is Consistently Great

Barry Eisler novels are raw, realistic, full of action, and teach you a lot about those ugly parts of our government and world that we usually don't want to see. In this novel he mixes one of his new characters, Livia with Dox (a kind hearted sniper) which is one of my favorites. Don't miss it. Barry Eisler is also a great reader which is unusual for an author.

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Couldn't Put It Down

The story is great. The performance is wonderful. You identify with the main characters, because at some level everybody has demons to deal with.

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Wish there was a third book

Great story, happy with the whole thing. Very very interesting. Kept my attention. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 01-26-18

Livia Lone Avenges Her Sister—Finds No Peace

Livia Lone is a sex crimes detective in Seattle PD. She and her sister were kidnapped from their home in Thailand, sold to the sex slavery ring by their parents. They had been requested by a US senator and shipped to the USA in a container where she and her little sister and other young children were kept locked up, abused, and made to perform sex acts at the request of the men guarding them. In this 2nd book she is tracking down the men in Thailand who were involved in their kidnapping and mistreatment. She is ruthless but efficient in her tracking, interrogating, and dispensing justice. She connects with a former marine sniper who is on a similar mission. They join forces and proceed to track down a connection between the sex trade in Thailand and the US Defense Information Agency. Apparently the profits in this horrific practice lead all the way to the top. This is another thriller by Barry Eisler. I never thought he could invent another strong moral character along the lines of his John Rain, but he has done that with Livia Lone. Will there be more? Barry Eisler is a terrific narrator of his words.

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Some people just need killing

The day this book was released, I was like, "Is it my birthday already? Yes, yes, yes!"

Forget that I'm middle aged, because I am oh-so-much the giddy fangirl for author Barry Eisler, I couldn't wait even a minute to buy both the Kindle and Audible versions of The Night Trade . And now I can tell you, it was absolutely money well spent. Eisler proves yet again he is a true master of characterization, action and dialogue. And for the audio version, I hope he never tires of narrating his own works, because he rocks it every time.

In keeping with the tone of the first in the series, Livia Lone, The Night Trade is a powerful and truly dark action thriller. Emotionally flawed BADASS Livia Lone is back to continue her life-long commitment to righting the wrongs of her childhood. How we love to see this vigilante in action!

Especially thrilling in this entry into the Livia Lone series was the world-merging with Eisler's John Rain novels. (If Stephen King can do it with Castle Rock, why not Barry Eisler?) Who doesn't love John Rain's Marine sniper buddy, good old boy Dox (short for Unorthodox)? His jaunty Texan personality always makes my day, so I was thrilled to see him teamed up with Livia to kick ass in some fairly brutal and intense action together. Dox may ooze country charm when he needs to, but he has a side almost as dark and skilled as Livia. They make a solid pair, and I hope he makes an appearance in Livia #3.

Oh please, let there be a #3, a #4, and more!

Despite my obvious exuberance over this book, The Night Trade was a deeply serious novel and the story revealed, yet again, the sickening reality of human trafficking in our world, but it did offer up a bit of tension-releasing humor. Dox's words of wisdom were always just a bit quirky, but still right on the money. I laughed the hardest at "a turtle doesn't get up on a bookshelf by itself."

My favorite Doxism, however, was actually the theme of the book: "Some people just need killing." And oh, how they got what they needed.

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  • Ms Alison B Gilchrist
  • 03-23-18

The Night Trade

Congratulations again to the author for his narration. These books approach a dark subject in such a way that you are captivated, and totally rooting for the main character the entire time. This is the second book by this author that I have listened to, and I look forward to the next in this series.