I just finished reading A Clean Kill in Tokyo by Barry Eisler, and I must say it was a really good read. I picked this book up recently after getting a new Amazon First Reads book also by Barry Eisler. I’m a stickler for reading books in a series even if each book can be read by itself, and I quickly discovered the new book was book number 10 in a series. I decided to see if I could get a copy of the first book to begin the series. I was happy that my local library had a copy I could read.
The story focuses on John Rain, a half Japanese, half American, who works as a contract killer in Japan. He does have his own code of ethics and has a set of rules on who he won’t kill, and he doesn’t care the reason why he is hired to eliminate someone. His specialty is killing someone and making it look natural so no one suspects foul play. The book opens up with him performing a kill on a target. Standard procedure for him, but it quickly turns into anything but standard when he finds out someone wants to hire him to remove his target’s daughter as well.
If you read some of my previous posts, you will find that I am a big fan of thrillers, so this book is by no surprise one that I really liked. What I found unique about this story was the direction it went after the initial kill. The surprise that awaits the protagonist as he starts winding down from his latest contract that only pushes him forward into a more intriguing set of circumstances and danger.
I also liked the setting of the story. Many thrillers I’ve read over the last year seem to have settings either in the United States of America around the Washington D.C. area or somewhere in the Middle East. Many times both settings come into play in a story. This one was set in Japan, so it made it a nice change of pace from the other thrillers I’ve read recently. I am also a fan of Japanese culture, so that helped too!
If you like the “ex-special forces becomes contract killer” style of thrillers than you will really enjoy this one. The book is a quick read too at around 250 pages. I was able to read this in a couple of days. It really helped that I had the day off because once I got to around page 50, I was hooked. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. I have found me a new author to enjoy. Book #2 here I come!
Author’s website: http://www.barryeisler.com/