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Barry Eisler

USA flag (b.1964)

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

Genres: Thriller, Mystery
John Rain
   1. Rain Fall (2002)
     aka A Clean Kill in Tokyo
   2. Hard Rain (2003)
     aka Blood from Blood / A Lonely Resurrection
   3. Rain Storm (2004)
     aka Choke Point / Winner Take All
   4. Killing Rain (2005)
     aka One Last Kill / Redemption Games
   5. The Last Assassin (2006)
     aka Extremis
   6. Requiem for an Assassin (2007)
     aka The Killer Ascendant
   6.5. Paris Is A Bitch (2011)
   7. The Detachment (2011)
   8. A Graveyard of Memories (2014)
   9. Zero Sum (2017)
   10. The Killer Collective (2019)
   11. The Chaos Kind (2021)
Non fiction
Barry Awards Best Thriller winner (2005) : Rain Storm
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : The Last Assassin

Barry Eisler recommends
Carbon (2019)
Andrew Vachss
"I've been reading Vachss for 30 years and he only gets better. This time, he delivers the payload of his righteous obsession with child protection in a new weapon: a science fiction tale, the dystopian story of a killer and the child he bonds with set in an arresting world that's like a dark, shattered mirror of our own."
The Last Agent (2020)
(Charles Jenkins, book 2)
Robert Dugoni
"The thriller equivalent of a Matryoshka nesting doll: an outer layer of geopolitics; a deeper layer of intricate spycraft; and at its center, an unlikely alliance to save a brave Russian asset from the worst fate imaginable."
Water Memory (2021)
(Sentro, book 1)
Daniel Pyne
"Water Memory moves like Die Hard but with a tragic family backstory as its heart—and with an indelible, three-dimensional action heroine, Aubrey Sentro, as the muscle and sinew. I loved it."

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