John Rain

Created by Barry Eisler

Poor JOHN RAIN. He seems to be the ultimate divided man. Child of an American mother and a Japanese father, he’s a konketsu (a half-breed”), a man of honour who kills for a living, a soldier/assassin, samurai/ronin. He’s hard and disciplined, but also haunted and paranoid as hell. He learned his trade as a member of the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, and is still bothered by memories of those years, and the crimes he committed. Yet he makes his living killing people.

Go figure.

Rain lives his life of “meticulously planned anonymity” in a noirish version of Tokyo that’s more than a littler familiar to moviegoers who’ve seen Bladerunner or Black Rain. Tormented by his past, ambivalent and conflicted by his present, he trusts no one. But that — and worrisome attention to detail — allows him to thrive in his particular field of expertise, that of the paid hit that doesn’t look like a hit; making murder look like death by natural causes.

Author Barry Eisler is an American lawyer who 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 novels have been translated into nearly twenty languages, and optioned for film by Barrie Osborne, Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.


  • “(Rain Fall has) got it all: dazzling plot, deft characterization, beaucoup originality. You should dig it.”
    — James Ellroy
  • “If Quentin Tarantino ever got to take a crack at the James Bond franchise, chances are (the result) would resemble Eisler’s novels.”
    — Entertainment Weekly



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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