A Clean Kill in Tokyo : John Rain

  • by Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by Barry Eisler
  • Series: John Rain
  • 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Name: John Rain.
Vocation: Assassin.
Specialty: Natural Causes.
Base of operations: Tokyo.
Availability: Worldwide.
Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn't care about why… Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Narration is really very good, story is brilliant. I love all Barry Eisler books. Amazing!
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Not a Great First Book.

I found this book to be little more than someone's research turned in to book form. I heard a great author once say something like, "the whole point of doing research, was so that you can leave most of it out." With "A Clean Kill in Tokyo" that certainly isn't the case. It's clear that the author is basing the main character, John Rain, on himself. Even that would be fine if it weren't so obvious.
On a positive note, the narration by Barry Eisler wasn't too bad, and the basic storyline itself was ok. There was just too much pointless added research, disguised as information in between.
Overall, even though I didn't like this book, I'd still be willing to give another Barry Eisler novel a chance. It didn't put me off so much that it made me want to stay away from anything else he has written. And I think that with a bit more subtleness, and character development, that the John Rain series could be good.
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- R.B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-01-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio