When a joint FBI–Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry—a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.”
Sounds like a great pitch for a book. What is most peculiar, is that both the presumed victim, Livia Lone, and the presumed killer, John Rain, are heroes of their respective thriller series written by Barry Eisler.
I did not buy The Killer Collective because of the pitch, though. Initially, I bought it to find out why I could not knock Barry off the first place in Amazon’s English language thriller category back when Another Man’s Freedom Fighter came out.
Now, after having read the book, I must concede that Barry rightly holds on to the top spot. It is a great book, it has great characters, and a great mix of dialogue, romance, and action. Kudos to the master.
I will probably buy a John Rain book in the near future, he seemed to fit my idea of a hero most. Livia, Dox, and the others seem well-crafted characters for the specific sub-genres they are a part of but not my kind of guy/gal.