Excerpt Book Summary Rain must pursue his most dangerous quarry yet through the crosshairs of the CIA and the Japanese mafia, where the differences between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo. After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. To protect them, Rain will have to pursue his most dangerous quarry yet through the crosshairs of the CIA and the Japanese mafia, where the differences between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo. CHAPTER 1 Once you get past the overall irony of the situation, you realize that killing a guy in the middle of his own health club has a lot to recommend it. Tatsu had told me the hit had to look like natural causes, like they always do, so I was glad to be working in a venue where it was far from unthinkable that someone might keel over from a fatal aneurysm induced by exertion, or suffer an unlucky fall onto a steel bar, or undergo some other tragic mishap while using one of the complicated exercise machines. One of these eventualities might even be immortalized in the warnings corporate lawyers would insist on placing on the next generation of exercise equipment, to notify the public of yet another unnatural use for which the machine was not intended and for which the manufacturer would have to remain blameless.
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Shelves: mysteries-and-thrillers , spies Listened to this audiobook, read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese. At least it sounds authentic. Not having any clue, I wouldnt know, but the perception of authenticity is as good as reality.
And, of course, Ill misspell all the names. Eisler recreates an authentic Japanese world and culture, at least the seamier side -- apparently, as again, I have no experience with reality. But then, the book is a chimera, and creates a duality from contrast of Japanese culture Listened to this audiobook, read by Dick Hill who does a terrific job with pronouncing Japanese.
But then, the book is a chimera, and creates a duality from contrast of Japanese culture with the protagonist, a paranoid can you really be paranoid if everyone is really after you?
That struck me as a substantial chink in his armor as his predilection for a particular artist. He also specializes in killing people so the result appears to be of natural or accidental provenance.
One always wonders whether the intricate detail in books like this become prescriptions for some people. Eisler muses on Japanese political culture and the relationship between the United States and Japan. The CIA is also involved, running its own Iran Contra type of operation even setting up one of its own to take an Oliver North kind of fall.
As I read a particularly affecting scene as Rain recounts his first kill while a sniper in Vietnam, I realized that many of the aforementioned hitmen protagonists learned their trade in Vietnam and realized once out they had no marketable skills except killing, and that they had developed a particularly emotion-less view of life and death.
While one could read this as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first in the series, Rain Fall , for a better grounding in the back story of some of the characters.
John Rain Series