Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345505118, 368pp.
Publication Date: August 2, 2011
Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven is offered a deal by his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton. In exchange for his release, Ben has to find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator who has stolen CIA torture tapes to blackmail the U.S. government. But Ben’s not the only agent in play—and succeeding will mean surviving CIA hit teams and Blackwater mercenaries after the same objective. He’ll also have to outmaneuver Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent with her own interest in the tapes—and every intention of getting them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle—except Ben, who must separate allies from enemies if he wants to stay alive.
Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and start-up executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. 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. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he’s not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law.
“A white-knuckle roller-coaster ride through the dark side.”—Robert Baer, former CIA officer and New York Times bestselling author
“Barry Eisler is this generation’s tech-savvy new media incarnation of Graham Greene. The former-covert-CIA-operative-turned-novelist is fast emerging as one of the most important fiction writers in the military/covert ops/political thriller genre.”—The Nation
“Timely, intense . . . will haunt readers long after the last page.”—Tucson Citizen
“A superior example of fast-moving entertainment.”—Salon