Putnam, July 2004, 24.95, 320 pp.
It is hard for an assassin to walk away from the business when one of his employers is the CIA but John Rain, a hitman with a conscience, tries. He obtains a new identity and travels to Rio where there is a large population of Japanese. For a time he got away clean although he is always looking over his shoulders until a CIA operative turns up with a job that pays very well. His identity compromised and unwilling to reinvent himself once again, John agrees to take the assignment.
His assignment is to take out Belghazi, an arms dealer that is on the CIA hit list since 9/11. John travels to Macao where he scopes out the terrain prior to Belghazi's arrival and he believes he has everything covered. He does not count on a second hitman, Belghazi's lover who has an agenda of her own that is in conflict with John's as well as a Saudi hit team who are prepared to take John out. Even for John, the kitten who leaves no tracks, completing the assignment and getting out alive will take a miracle.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner