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...
"an absolutely first-rate thriller... emotionally true at each beat..."
—New York Times Book Review
"An explosive thriller that plunges into the sewer of human smuggling...Filled with raw power, [Livia Lone] may be the darkest thriller of the year."
—Kirkus, Starred Review
"An exciting thriller...Eisler keeps a firm hand on the throttle of what could be the first of a rewarding series."
"Livia is a complex and sympathetic character... Readers of hard-boiled fiction, heavily tinted toward noir, may see in Livia something of Carol O'Connell's Kathy Mallory, also a cop with an abuse-filled past and an appetite for revenge."
"You won't be able to tear yourself away as the story accelerates into a Tarantino-worthy climax and when you're left gasping in the wake of its gut-wrenching vigilante justice, you'll belatedly realize you learned a lot about a social travesty that gets far too little attention... Livia Lone is a harrowing tale with a conscience."
—Chicago Review of Books
"...a literary home run in every respect... Livia Lone [reaches] a whole new level..."
"Eisler offers up an astonishingly raw tale that is dark and disturbing, but one that you will want to finish. Both the compelling narrative and the fascinating—yet seriously flawed—heroine are indications that Eisler is at the top of his game."
—RT Book Reviews
"Barry Eisler is back, and then some. [Livia Lone] may be the best and strongest work of his storied career... Livia Lone moves like a freight train... Jump on what appears to be the start of a terrific new series."
"Readers may be reminded of Stieg Larsson's beloved Lisbeth Salander when they meet Livia Lone, and will be totally riveted by the story of this woman on a mission to right the wrongs in her past."
I'm excited to announce that a new standalone novel, LIVIA LONE, is now available! 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.
Seattle PD sex crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister Nason, marooned in America, abused by the men who trafficked them. . . the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason.
Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her missing sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison.
Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.
But when a fresh lead offers new hope of finding...
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