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Barry Eisler

Novelist Barry Eisler is the author of a best-selling series of thrillers starring the anti-hero John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin, and of a new bestselling thriller series about black-ops soldier Ben Treven. Eisler also writes about politics and language at his website blog, Heart of the Matter.



After graduating from Cornell Law School in 1989, Eisler joined the CIA, where he held a covert position with the Directorate of Operations. He left the Agency in 1992 and thereafter worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. He started writing full time in 2002, when he sold the rights to his first novel, Rain Fall, the first of what has since become a six-book series about half-American, half-Japanese assassin John Rain.

Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. In April 2009, Sony Pictures Japan released a mostly Japanese language film version of Rain Fall starring Shiina Kippei as Rain and Gary Oldman as Rain's nemesis, CIA Station Chief William Holtzer.

Eisler's most recent novel, a standalone thriller called "Fault Line," debuted at #18 on the New York Times Bestseller List in March 2009. A sequel to Fault Line, Inside Out, will be published by Random House's Ballantine imprint on June 29, 2010.

Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and Tokyo.


  • Rain Fall (2002)
  • Hard Rain (UK title: Blood From Blood) (2003)
  • Rain Storm (UK title: Choke Point) (2004)
  • Killing Rain (UK title: One Last Kill) (2005)
  • The Last Assassin (2006)
  • Requiem For an Assassin (2007)
  • Fault Line (2009)
  • Inside Out (June 29, 2010)

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