"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."
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 Nason and the men who trafficked them, Livia will have to go beyond just being a cop. Beyond even being a vigilante. She'll have to relive the horrors of the past. Take on one of the most powerful men in the US government. And uncover a conspiracy of almost unimaginable evil.
In every way, it's an unfair fight. But Livia has two advantages. Her unending love for Nason—
And a lifelong lust for vengeance.Listen to an excerpt from Livia Lone: