By Barry Eisler
He is a hero to us self-published authors as Eisler made news in March 2011 when he walked away from a reported half million dollar advance from St. Martin’s Press in order to go the self-publishing route pioneered by his colleague Joe Konrath and others. He then took a six-figure deal to publish the seventh John Rain novel, The Detachment (2011), under Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer mystery imprint.
This novel is also published by Thomas & Mercer.
A major case for Eisler’s Ms Lone. Her job is rarely tasteful, but this time particularly hateful.
There are turns and twists as Seattle Detective Livia Lone’s progresses on a joint police/FBI investigation racket. They are looking into an international child pornography ring. She is surprised when she stumbles upon a link to the US government. The sudden cancellation of the investigation followed by an assassination attempt tells Livia that powerful people are aware of the danger she poses to them, and they are prepared to try to stop her at any cost. Livia’s personal history and professional ethics mean she can’t allow the perverts to escape justice. She sets out to identify them—but who can she trust?
Livia contacts an old friend and would-be lover, former Marine sniper Dox, and with his help, they assemble a team of highly-experienced black ops professionals—John Rain, Dan Larison, and former Colonel Scott Horton. A violent incident in backwoods Virginia points to the OGE mercenary corporation headed by Oliver Graham. OGE has links to governments across the world, but who is Graham protecting? Livia’s fractious team must go to France and seek a rapprochement with John’s former lover, ex-Mossad agent Delilah if they’re to get near Graham and identify those behind the paedophile ring. The stakes are as high as they’ve ever been for Livia as she and her team head into a bloody encounter on the streets of Paris and the truth of the affair.
…a punch like a sniper’s bullet.
Eisler’s The Killer Collective packs a punch like a sniper’s bullet. A solid grounding in up-to-the-minute technology and current affairs makes this a hot read for thriller lovers.