John Rain Series Enthusiastic publishers around the world have become
enthralled by John Rain, a strikingly fresh new thriller hero and a
character destined to be one of the most talked-about of the season. Born of
an American mother and a Japanese father, Rain is a businessman based in
Tokyo, living a life of meticulously planned anonymity. Trained by the U.S.
Special Forces and a veteran of Vietnam, he is a cool, self-contained
loner—and he has built a steady business over the past twenty-five years
specializing in death by "natural causes." He is also a man struggling with
his own divided nature: Japanese/American; soldier/assassin; samurai/ronin.
Rain Fall (Rain
From its richly atmospheric and ominous opening
pages—in which we witness the death of a stranger in a crowded subway
car—Rain's carefully ordered world begins to unravel. Unknown agents from
within and without the international intelligence communities have been
circling him for years and, having connected him to the subway job, now
have the scent they have been seeking. At the same time, Rain is drawn
outside his private world by an alluring jazz pianist, the dead man's
daughter, who is the key to the very secrets that her father died trying
Hard Rain (aka
Blood from Blood in UK) (2003)
After killing a CIA officer who had hunted him halfway
around the globe, Rain plans his own disappearance, hoping to find the
peace that has eluded him. But then his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI
comes to him with one last “favor:” find and eliminate a killer at large,
a creature without compassion or conscience.
It’s soon clear that it’s not just Japan’s fragile balance
of political power that’s threatened, but also the lives of Rain’s few
friends, including that of a love from his past. To protect them, Rain
must pursue his lethal quarry into the heart of a war between the CIA and
the Japanese mafia, where the distinctions between friend and foe and
truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo.
Rain Storm (aka
Choke Point in UK) (2004)
In Rain Storm (Choke Point, UK), Rain
has fled to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies who have
been encircling him. But his knack for making death seem to have been of
"natural causes" and his ability to operate unnoticed in Asia continue to
create unwelcome demand for his services. His old employer, the CIA,
persuades him to take on a high-risk assignment: a ruthless arms dealer
supplying criminal groups throughout Southeast Asia.
The upside? Financial, of course, along with the continued chimera of
moral redemption. But first, Rain must survive the downside: a second
assassin homing in on the target; the target's consort-an alluring woman
named Delilah with an agenda of her own; and the possibility that the
entire mission is nothing but an elaborate setup. From the gorgeous
beaches of Rio to the glitzy casinos of Macao to the gritty back streets
of Hong Kong and Kowloon, Rain becomes a reluctant player in an
international game far deadlier and more insidious than he has ever
Killing Rain (aka
One Last Kill, UK) (2005) In Killing Rain (One Last Kill, UK),
Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a “problem” in
Manila; and a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol’ boy persona masks a sniper
as deadly as Rain himself. He also has a new hope: that by using his
talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives
he has already taken. But when Rain’s conscience causes him to botch an
assignment, he finds out that the Mossad’s next assignment is himself. And
when Delilah, the alluring Israeli agent he once fought and then loved,
reappears in his life, is she there to help him – or to finish him off?
The Last Assassin (The
Last Assassin, UK) (2006) -- Nominated 2006 Gumshoe award for Best
When John Rain learns that his former lover, Midori,
has been raising their child in New York, Rain senses a chance for
reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption.
But Midori and the child are being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's
sudden appearance puts them in terrible danger. To save them, Rain is
forced to use the same deadly talents he had been hoping to leave behind.
With the help of Tatsu, his friend and nemesis in the Japanese FBI; and
Dox, the ex-marine sniper whose good ol' boy persona masks a killer as
deadly as Rain himself, Rain races against time to bring his enemies into
the open and eliminate them forever. But to finish the job, he'll need one
more ally: Israeli intelligence agent Delilah, a woman for whom Rain's
hopes with Midori represent an altogether different kind of threat...
For John Rain, getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But
with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent
Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind.
And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we
have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or the former Marine sniper dies.
For a professional like Rain, the choice ought to be easy: do the job—a
series of three hits—and save his friend and partner. But how does Rain
know Hilger won't kill Dox anyway, once the assignment is complete? How
does he know that each of the hits isn't simultaneously a setup for Rain
himself? Most of all, how can he control the killing rage Hilger's lethal
game of extortion reignites inside him?
From the deceptively tranquil beaches of Bali, to the backstreets and
boulevards of Paris, to the urban canyons of Silicon Valley and New York
and the old killing fields of Vietnam, Rain must grapple with his age, his
enemies, and, most of all, with the killer inside himself in a battle that
not even Rain can hope to survive intact.
Fault Line: A Novel (2009)
Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new
encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a
cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged
brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the next victim. And on
the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California’s nerve center of
money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who
share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a
Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to achieve his sole ambition:
making partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a
technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who
reviewed the innovation dies--and Alex himself narrowly escapes an
attack in his own home. Off balance, out of ideas, and running out of
time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person
he’d ever ask: his brother.
Ben Treven is a military liaison element, an elite undercover soldier
paid to “find, fix, and finish” high-value targets in the United States
global war on terror.
Disenchanted with what he sees as America’s culture of denial and
decadence, Ben lives his detached life in the shadows because the black
ops world is all he really knows--and because other than Alex, whom he
hasn’t spoken to since their mother died, his family is long gone.
But blood is thicker than water, and when Ben receives Alex’s frantic
call he hurries to San Francisco to help him. Only then does Alex reveal
that there’s another player who knows of the technology: Sarah Hosseini,
a young Iranian American lawyer whom Alex has long secretly desired--and
whom Ben immediately distrusts. As these three struggle to identify the
forces attempting to silence them, Ben and Alex are forced to examine
the events that drove them apart--even as Sarah’s presence, and her own
secret yearnings, deepens the fault line between them.
A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically
charged, Fault Line centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the
shadows and onto the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be
stopped by only three people--three people with different worldviews,
different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed
against them, they’ll first have to survive one another.
Inside Out (2010 release)
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