Graveyard of Memories (A John Rain Novel)

By Barry Eisler

What makes a mythical murderer? For John Rain, it was once the teachings of affection, battle, and betrayal he realized in Tokyo in 1972.

Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman less than the watchful eye of his CIA handler, supplying money to deprave parts of the japanese executive. but if a supply is going violently unsuitable, Rain reveals himself within the crosshairs of Japan’s strongest yakuza extended family. to outlive, Rain moves a determined take care of his handler: take out a high-profile aim within the eastern executive in trade for the intel he must cast off his would-be executioners.

As Rain performs cat and mouse with the yakuza and struggles to profit his new position as agreement killer, he additionally turns into entangled with Sayaka, a difficult, appealing ethnic Korean lady constrained to a wheelchair. however the calls for of his darkish paintings are at odds with the longings of his heart—and with Sayaka’s existence within the stability, Rain must make a poor choice.

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McGraw’s dossier claimed the family possessed just one automobile, and that Ozawa himself was once supplied a motive force through advantage of his place as LDP sōmukaicho. I took this to intend the spouse was once domestic. Ozawa most likely was once not—a man like that will not often be domestic sooner than dinner, and actually not really till good after, while his company socializing used to be performed. I drove on, feeling discouraged. the home itself appeared to supply few percentages. I imagined i may get inside of whereas the spouse was once out, yet what then? And what if i used to be flawed and the spouse used to be domestic, or there has been a guardian or in-law round for that subject? nowadays, it’s much less universal for jap prolonged households to all reside lower than an identical roof, yet again then it used to be the norm. I pictured myself intercepting Ozawa as he received in or out of his chauffeured motor vehicle. definite, i'll do it, however it will be concerning the least natural-looking consequence that you can imagine. I turned around the block and got here to a wide construction with an complicated, genuine eastern roof, numerous dozen bicycles covered up ahead of it on the cut down. A Buddhist temple? I puzzled how lengthy it were there—from the fashion and grandeur of these swish, tiled curves, most likely on the grounds that at the very least the flip of the century. The notice for “roof” in eastern is yane—literally “house root,” implying the significance of the roof because the foundation for every thing else. Whoever had designed this constitution had taken that philosophy heavily, and that i felt a strange feel of recognize for or even reference to the architect, unknown to me and doubtless lengthy due to the fact long gone. I got here nearer. A blue noren curtain with the identify Daikoku-yu was once stretched around the front, the 3 kanji that means nice Black scorching Waters, and there have been a number of dozen footwear put in cubbies inside of a small vestibule. fascinating. no matter what function it could possibly have served initially, where was once evidently now a sentō—a public tub. although they’ve been progressively disappearing because the conflict, again then the sentō—literally, “hot water for a penny”—served an important functionality, fostering either a feeling of group and strong hygiene, and Tokyo nonetheless had numerous thousand, starting from tiny no-frills local locations to grand ones like this. i assumed approximately Ozawa’s condo back. It was once amazing, however it appeared fifty years previous at the very least. more moderen locations have been being outfitted with their very own baths, yet there has been an honest likelihood the Ozawa place of abode wouldn’t have one. If that have been the case, I imagined Ozawa could stopover at the local despatchedō on a regular basis, probably each evening. or maybe if the house had its personal tub, it'd be a disgrace to dwell so with reference to a despatchedō as remarkable as this one and never utilize it. in truth, the extra i assumed approximately it, the extra i spotted that in fact Ozawa will be a widespread customer. eastern politicians consistently combined with their ingredients. that they had to teach their humble origins, display they have been of the shomin, the typical people. And even though Ozawa’s condo was once greater than typical, a man in his place simply may have afforded extra. That he selected to cut back was once one more reason to count on i'd locate him on the sentō.

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