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.
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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.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner