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Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

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Publisher Comments:

If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it?

When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

For a professional like John Rain, the choice ought to be easy: Do the job — a series of three hits — then walk away. But how does Rain know Jim Hilger won't kill Dox anyway, once the assignment is complete? How does he know that each of the hits isn't simultaneously a setup for Rain himself? And what will he do when he finds out that among the targets of this lethal game of extortion is someone else Rain cares about deeply?

From the urban canyons of Silicon Valley and New York to the lush forests of Bali, the boulevards of Paris, and the old killing fields of Vietnam, Rain must grapple with his age, his enemies, and most of all, his conscience in a battle that not even Rain — "the stuff great characters are made of" (Entertainment Weekly) — can hope to survive intact.

Review:

"In Eisler's predictable sixth thriller to star half Japanese, half American assassin John Rain (after 2006's The Last Assassin), Rains longtime rival, rogue CIA agent Jim Hilger, kidnaps Rain's sniper friend Dox and threatens to kill Dox unless Rain murders three people Hilger wants dead. Despite his ambivalence about his chosen trade, Rain carries out the hits with little remorse. Rain's adventures take him to the usual glamorous locales — Paris, London, Amsterdam — while throughout he remains nostalgic for his Japanese heritage. In a subplot, Rain's Mossad agent lover, Delilah, enlists some Israeli colleagues in an attempt to foil a major terrorist plot. The revelation of why the three murder victims were selected comes as the book's one real surprise. 150,000 first printing; author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information., Inc.)

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"'In Eisler's predictable sixth thriller to star half Japanese, half American assassin John Rain (after 2006's The Last Assassin), Rain's longtime rival, rogue CIA agent Jim Hilger, kidnaps Rain's sniper friend Dox and threatens to kill Dox unless Rain murders three people Hilger wants dead. Despite his ambivalence about his chosen trade, Rain carries out the hits with little remorse. Rain's adventures take him to the usual glamorous locales — Paris, London, Amsterdam — while throughout he remains nostalgic for his Japanese heritage. In a subplot, Rain's Mossad agent lover, Delilah, enlists some Israeli colleagues in an attempt to foil a major terrorist plot. The revelation of why the three murder victims were selected comes as the book's one real surprise. 150,000 first printing; author tour. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Requiem for an Assassin' is the sixth novel in Barry Eisler's stylish series about the Japanese American contract killer John Rain, who just may be the baddest dude on this planet. The former Special Forces warrior is expert with a gun, of course, but he'd rather kill you with a knife or his bare hands. Mostly he kills bad guys — terrorists, arms dealers — but he's a professional, and he'll kill... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Tense and well crafted, Requiem proves that even old dogs like John Rain still have their tricks." Library Journal

Review:

"Readers may wonder how many stories there are to tell about a hit man who wants to get out of the life, but so far Eisler hasn't run out of believable scenarios. This one is as good as its five forerunners, and here's hoping the author has a few more stories to tell." Booklist

Review:

"[H]as something for everyone, and is required reading for Summer 101." Bookreporter.com

Synopsis:

When John Rain decides to get out of the assassin business, rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger kidnaps Rains's trusted partner and closest friend. Hilger offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for his best friend's murder.

Synopsis:

When John Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), decides to get out of the business, rouge CIA operative Jim Hilger forces his hand. He kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

About the Author

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations. After leaving the CIA, he lived and worked in Japan, where he earned his black belt from the Kodokan International Judo Center. The Rain books — Rain Fall, Hard Rain, Rain Storm, and Killing Rain — have won the Barry and Gumshoe awards, been translated into nearly twenty languages, and been optioned for film by Barrie Osborne, the Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399154263
Author:
Eisler, Barry
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Assassins
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
May 22, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.19x6.17x1.24 in. 1.21 lbs.
Age Level:
14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Eisler's predictable sixth thriller to star half Japanese, half American assassin John Rain (after 2006's The Last Assassin), Rains longtime rival, rogue CIA agent Jim Hilger, kidnaps Rain's sniper friend Dox and threatens to kill Dox unless Rain murders three people Hilger wants dead. Despite his ambivalence about his chosen trade, Rain carries out the hits with little remorse. Rain's adventures take him to the usual glamorous locales — Paris, London, Amsterdam — while throughout he remains nostalgic for his Japanese heritage. In a subplot, Rain's Mossad agent lover, Delilah, enlists some Israeli colleagues in an attempt to foil a major terrorist plot. The revelation of why the three murder victims were selected comes as the book's one real surprise. 150,000 first printing; author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information., Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'In Eisler's predictable sixth thriller to star half Japanese, half American assassin John Rain (after 2006's The Last Assassin), Rain's longtime rival, rogue CIA agent Jim Hilger, kidnaps Rain's sniper friend Dox and threatens to kill Dox unless Rain murders three people Hilger wants dead. Despite his ambivalence about his chosen trade, Rain carries out the hits with little remorse. Rain's adventures take him to the usual glamorous locales — Paris, London, Amsterdam — while throughout he remains nostalgic for his Japanese heritage. In a subplot, Rain's Mossad agent lover, Delilah, enlists some Israeli colleagues in an attempt to foil a major terrorist plot. The revelation of why the three murder victims were selected comes as the book's one real surprise. 150,000 first printing; author tour. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Tense and well crafted, Requiem proves that even old dogs like John Rain still have their tricks."
"Review" by , "Readers may wonder how many stories there are to tell about a hit man who wants to get out of the life, but so far Eisler hasn't run out of believable scenarios. This one is as good as its five forerunners, and here's hoping the author has a few more stories to tell."
"Review" by , "[H]as something for everyone, and is required reading for Summer 101."
"Synopsis" by , When John Rain decides to get out of the assassin business, rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger kidnaps Rains's trusted partner and closest friend. Hilger offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for his best friend's murder.
"Synopsis" by ,
When John Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), decides to get out of the business, rouge CIA operative Jim Hilger forces his hand. He kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

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