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A Clean Kill in Tokyo

Full Praise

“Barry Eisler is a true master of suspense… by far one of the best books I have ever read.”
—Examiner.com

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“Engaging and well-written, the novels feature enough martial arts action and suspense to keep your imagination whirring.”
Black Belt

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“… an impressive debut thriller that had me conjuring comparisons to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.”
Deadly Pleasures

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“The depth of characterization of John Rain is intense and riveting. The action is nonstop and the plot is convoluted. This is definitely an author to watch!”
—BooksnBytes.com

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“Set in a memorable noir version of Tokyo (jazz clubs, whiskey bars, “love hotels”), Eisler’s rich and atmospheric debut thriller [has] several excellent action scenes, an amusing and touching young computer nerd who is Rain’s only reliable ally, and, most of all, an intriguing and intimate evocation of Japan’s intense love-hate relationship with America.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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“…a terrific debut… possibly the best cool-killer novel since The Eiger Sanction.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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“A remarkable first novel… rich in real places and sounds, tastes and experiences. If you are a devotee of offbeat restaurants, jazz clubs and fine single-malt whiskeys, you could use this novel as a travel guide…”
San Jose Mercury News

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“Fast paced action… That readers will warm to Eisler’s ruthless protagonist is quite the accomplishment for a first-time novelist.”
New York Daily News

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“Grappling techniques are vividly described in A Clean Kill in Tokyo‘s many action sequences… excellent descriptions which make you feel as if you are walking through downtown Tokyo… definitely recommended for your summer reading list.”
—Onthemat.com

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“Eisler provides a cracklingly good yarn, well written, deftly plotted, and surprisingly appealing… Thomas Perry and Lawrence Block need not retire their hit men quite yet, but Eisler is clearly a challenger.”
Boston Globe

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“…a page turner with some great plot twists and reverses… echoes of the great Three Days of the Condor, the Robert Redford-Faye Dunaway classic thriller.”
Palo Alto Weekly

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“…a suspenseful thriller filled with double-crosses, duplicity and relentless action… Eisler’s experience of living and working in Japan lends realism to his depiction of the compelling intricacies of Japanese society…”
—BookPage

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“Our constant quest for the iconic hero is well satisfied in John Rain… Eisler’s story of an assassin-for-hire is a paranoid’s dream…”
—Poisoned Pen

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“…the action crackles with the sort of suspense and ambiguity that almost demands a John Woo film treatment…”
—MSNBC

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“Rich atmosphere and believable politics in a distinguished debut thriller.”
Kirkus Reviews

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“A tremendous debut, the best to come out so far this year.”
Mystery Ink

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“… a Zen meditation of a thriller… Like the works of Trevanian or John le Carré, A Clean Kill in Tokyo [is] an East-meets-West take on the samurai/assassin tale, washed fresh by the rain and infused with the neon glow of the Ginza.”
News Press

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“An excellent debut novel.”
Punch Magazine

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“… an original, adrenalin-filled romp through an exotic cultural landscape with an engaging murderer as a guide…”
London Times

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“John Rain is the best new mystery character to come along since Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch or Greg Rucka’s Atticus Kodiak.”
—City Books, Seattle, WA

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“If you’re looking for a new author and an ongoing character to check out in the suspense genre, A Clean Kill in Tokyo is the book you need to pick up.”
—BookReporter.com

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“A terrific debut… if Eisler gets the sophomore book to work as well as the debut, we have a major talent to look forward to.”
—ILoveAMystery.com

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“A dark, solidly crafted yarn.”
Star Tribune

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“…you’ll be sucked into a vortex of taut prose and a fast paced description of Tokyo that will convince you that you’ve lived there…”
—MysteryOne Bookstore

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“…a fabulous debut—a fascinating new protagonist, an intriguing setting (Tokyo) and lots of action.”
—Mysteries to Die For

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“A stunning first novel…”
—Artssf.com, the independent observer of Northern California books

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“[One of the] Ten Best Books of 2002… A lyrically written… reinvention of the assassin formula [and] a great choice for John le Carré and Trevanian fans.”
News Press

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“…set against the unforgettable backdrop of the seamier side of Tokyo… alive with suspense, unsurpassed characterization, intricate plotting and action.”
—Mystery Cove

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“A powerful debut… an enthralling read.”
Crime Time

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“Pure adrenalin…”
Grappling Magazine

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“…atmospheric and intelligent”
—Tangled Web

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