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A Clean Kill in Tokyo by Barry Eisler
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Jun 14, 2012

it was ok
Read from June 08 to 14, 2012

Meh. A friend highly recommended this book, and the fact that the rights have been sold to the movies intrigued me. The descriptions of Japan and its scenery and politics are pretty interesting, especially the details about government corruption. But the characters and plot are all predictable as can be. How predictable? One example: The main character, a professional hit man, is tortured by memories of what happened to him in Vietnam...which turns out to be lifted straight from "Apocalypse Now." If you're going to read a book about a hitman, skip this one and try Thomas Perry's "The Butcher's Boy" or Don Winslow's "The Winter of Frankie Machine." They bring true wit and unpredictable plotting to the genre.

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