Rain Fall

Rain Fall

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Penguin Putnam
Enthusiastic publishers around the world have become enthralled by John Rain, a strikingly fresh new thriller hero destined to be one of the most talked-about of the season. Born of an American mother and a Japanese father, Rain is a businessman based in Tokyo, living a life of meticulously planned anonymity. There are few who know who he is or what he does. Trained by the U.S. Special Forces and a veteran of Vietnam, he is a cool, self-contained loner-and he has built a steady business over the past twenty-five years specializing in death by "natural causes."

After the assassination of a government official in a crowded subway car, Rain's carefully ordered world comes under siege. Agents within and without the international intelligence communities have been circling him for some time and, having connected him to the subway incident, may now have the scent they have been seeking. At the same time, Rain is drawn outside his private world by an alluring jazz pianist, the dead man's daughter, who is the key to the very secrets her father was trying to reveal when he died.

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A Japanese American assassin who specializes in "natural causes" killings finds his carefully ordered world coming under siege in the wake of a government official's murder, with which he has been falsely connected.

& Taylor

A Japanese-American assassin who specializes in "natural cause" killings finds his carefully ordered world coming under siege in the wake of a government official's murder, with which he has been falsely connected, a situation that is complicated by secrets held by the victim's jazz pianist's daughter. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780399149108
Branch Call Number: FIC Eisler, B 100.1 2002
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm


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May 15, 2019

Halfway through and I gave up on the book. I did not like John Rain at all. What seemed to motivate him was possibly his guilt over his first murder and its impact on the victim's daughter. Perhaps he would be redeemed in the second half. I am not fond of sociopaths assuming the mantle of hero.

Jul 20, 2012

A few people recommended this but I just couldn't get into it. Too much description, not enough plot or credible action ! It lost me by the second chapter. -Life is too short to read dull books !

The Martial arts in this book was the only reason I read this! Barry Eisler could have left out the sexual cotent!

Feb 23, 2011

Had a hard time not liking this one. The opener to one of my favorite series in the genre.

Jan 28, 2010

A strange and aloft book. Hard to catch, bizarre with shadowy characters in somewhat unbelievable situations. Rain remains somewhat cartoonish.


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Jul 01, 2014

Orders are a bitch.

Jul 01, 2014

War has always been with the world and always will be.

Mar 31, 2013

'...the sadness of being human...'
"I took a walk on a winter night...and watched the silhouettes of the tree branches against the sky. I had such a strong awareness that one day, I was going to be gone, but the trees would still be here, the moon would still be above them, shining down, and it made me cry, but a good kind of crying, because I knew it had to be that way. I had to accept it because that's the way things are. Things end. That's mono no aware."

Mar 31, 2013

Now...they resolved to go back to their own land; because the years have a kind of emptiness when we spend too many of them on a foreign shore. But...if we do return, we find that the native air has lost its invigorating quality, and that life has shifted its reality to the spot where we have deemed ourselves only temporary residents. Thus, between two countries, we have none at all...


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Sexual Content: Briefly described not for kids!

Coarse Language: The use of expletives.

Violence: No guts spilling out but violence never the less.


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