Welcome to the official website of author Barry Eisler. If you like edge-of-your seat action, exotic locations, realistic spycraft, steamy sex, and protagonists who are "the stuff great characters are made of" (Entertainment Weekly), you've come to the right place...
I'm excited to announce that the ninth John Rain novel, ZERO SUM, is coming June 27th! It is published by Thomas & Mercer in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and audiobook. If you don't have a Kindle, don't worry, there are other options here.
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, a route that puts Rain on a collision course not only with Victor but with the shadowy forces behind the Russian's rise to dominance—and the longings of Rain's own conflicted heart....
Publishers Weekly: "Best of the Year"
Amazon.com: "Top Ten Mystery"
News-Press: "Best of the Year"
San Francisco Chronicle: "Recommended Book"
Deadly Pleasures Barry Award winner: "Best Thriller of the Year"
Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award winner: "Best Thriller of the Year"
San Jose Mercury News: "Best of the Year"
January Magazine: "Best of the Year"
"Eisler combines the insouciance of Ian Fleming, the realistic detail of Tom Clancy, the ennui of Graham Greene and the prose power of John le Carré."
"In his superb thriller series featuring charismatic Japanese-American assassin John Rain, author Barry Eisler serves up steamy foreign locales, stunning action and enough high tech weaponry to make for an A-plus read."
New York Daily News
"Furious and creative... Rain's combination of quirks and proficiency is the stuff great characters are made of."
"No one is writing a better thriller series today than Barry Eisler. He has quickly jumped into my top ten best American mystery/thriller writers, along with Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Walter Mosley, and Harlan Coben... Rating: A."
"Written with a delightfully soft touch and a powerful blend of excitement, exotica and what (ever since John le Carré) readers have known to call tradecraft."
Author photo: Naomi Brookner