John Rain and Livia Lone to Both Star in Barry Eisler’s ‘The Killer Collective’ (With Details)

If you’re a fan of Barry Eisler’s John Rain and Livia Lone series, good news . . . both characters are set to star in The Killer Collective, which is set to come out on February 1, 2019. 

Assassin John Rain (Zero Sum, 2017) is arguably Eisler’s best character, though readers have no doubt taken to Livia Lone as well, who was just seen in this year’s The Night Trade. Now, much like other writers are doing (including Michael Connelly, who is teaming up characters from different franchises in Dark Sacred Night), Eisler’s finally putting his two series protagonists in the same book. Check out the plot details below! 

The Killer COllective.jpgA fast-paced, page-turning novel of betrayal, vengeance, and depraved secrets in high places from the New York Times bestselling author of the John Rain and Livia Lone series.

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 killings appearing to be from “natural causes.”

Suspecting that the FBI themselves were behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc team to identify and neutralize the threat: Rain; Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honey-trap specialist Delilah; black op soldiers Ben Treven and Daniel Larison; and their former commander, SpecOps legend Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton.

Moving from Japan to Seattle to DC to Paris, the group fights a series of interlocking conspiracies, each edging closer and closer to the highest levels of the US government.

With uncertain loyalties, conflicting agendas, and smoldering romantic entanglements, this group is hardly a team. But in a match as uneven as this one, a collective of killers might be just what they need.


Readers excited about next year’s Rain/Lone crossover can pre-order Barry Eisler’s The Killer Collective here, or wherever else books are sold. 

Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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