John Rain

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 10,369 ratings

A Clean Kill in Tokyo Publisher's Summary

Name: John Rain.

Vocation: Assassin.

Specialty: Natural Causes.

Base of operations: Tokyo.

Availability: Worldwide.

Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn't care about why… Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.

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  • Book 1

    • 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. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn't care about why… Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.

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

    • By AudioAddict on 04-01-16

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 2

    • 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. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza.

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

    • By shelley on 04-26-14

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 3

    • Winner Take All

    • John Rain, Book 3
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 801
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 748
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 752

    John Rain has disappeared to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him in Japan. But the CIA isn't willing to lose its premier "natural causes" contract killer, and they force Rain to take on a high-risk assignment: eliminate a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia. The upside? Financial, of course, along with the ongoing chimera of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin zeroing in on the target; the target's consort, an alluring and dangerous woman with an agenda of her own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good stuff

    • By Mark on 03-03-14

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 4

    • 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. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that by using his talents for something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain's conscience causes him to botch the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?

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

    • By shelley on 04-20-14

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 5

    • 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. When Rain learns that his former lover, Midori, has been raising their child in New York, Rain senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption. But Midori and the child are being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's sudden appearance puts them in terrible danger. To save them, Rain is forced to use the same deadly talents he had been hoping to leave behind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb Book!

    • By Wayne on 09-12-15

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 6

    • The Killer Ascendant

    • John Rain, Book 6
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 712
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 658
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 656

    Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Barry Eisler narrates perfectly

    • By shelley on 04-23-14

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 6.5

    • Paris Is a Bitch

    • A Rain-Delilah Short Story
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 362

    For most couples, a quiet dinner for two at Auberge de la Reine Blanche on the Ile Saint Louis would be just the thing to smooth out the complications in a romance. But for gorgeous Mossad operative Delilah and trying-to-retire contract killer John Rain, nothing is ever easy, and when Rain sees a crew of hard-looking men setting up outside the restaurant, he realizes someone has been bringing her work home with her. Is it a hit - or something even worse?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great little read

    • By Theo on 12-14-12

    Regular price: $2.95

  • Book 7

    • The Detachment

    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” ( San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fast paced read...

    • By Andrew Stone on 09-17-11

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 8

    • 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. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

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

    • By shelley on 04-24-14

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 9

    • Zero Sum

    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 762
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 709
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 701

    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, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria.

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

    • By shelley on 06-28-17

    Regular price: $23.99

    • London Twist

    • A Delilah Novella
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251

    For Delilah, the Mossad's top seductress, the parameters of the assignment were routine. The contractor: MI6. The objective: infiltrate a terror network, this one operating out of London. The stakes: a series of poison gas attacks on civilian population centers.There's just one wrinkle. The target is a woman - as smart, beautiful, and committed as Delilah herself. And for a cynical operative thrust suddenly out of her element, the twists and turns of the spy game are nowhere near as dangerous as the secrets and desires of the human heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • VERY sexy Lesbian moments-be prepared

    • By PlantCrone on 03-23-15

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Khmer Kill

    • A Dox Short Story
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466

    For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Short Listen

    • By Traci on 11-07-14

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Lost Coast

    • A Larison Short Story
    • By: Barry Eisler
    • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 172

    For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Too violent

    • By pamela on 10-01-12

    Regular price: $2.95