The Night Trade

The Night Trade

Book - 2018
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When an effort to arrest a trafficking kingpin goes violently wrong, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone forges a partnership with a former Marine sniper who is tracking the same criminal, only to uncover a conspiracy with ties to the highest levels of American intelligence.
Publisher: Seattle :, Thomas & Mercer,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781477820049
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 01, 2018

Great book with considerable excitement. Excellent author.

Mar 09, 2018

Full disclosure: I love Barry Eisler and will read anything by him, even if it's the back of a cereal box.

In reading other reviews, it's clear that he had a new audience last year with Livia Lone, and that many, if not most, are unfamiliar with Rain and Dox from the John Rain series. Some of the things that people disliked: the detail of how to set up an ambush, how not to be tailed, and the mess that is the US intelligence community working at cross-purposes, are all things I love about Eisler's writing. I didn't come to this looking for a knock-off of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I was not disappointed.

First, there's Dox! Dox!!!! in a Livia Lone novel!!! It's like running into an old friend while you're on vacation. And I loved that Dox, who is something of a tomcat, thinks Livia is the bee's knees. His voice is so developed that it's easy to see him in my mind as he meets a stranger at a bar, or as he thinks he's about to get his head blown off.

Secondly, Livia, again, is ready to make heads roll. It's important to read the first novel in the series to understand more about Livia. I found it odd that she wasn't more reticent on what was supposed to be a recon mission. It seemed that she would use her leverage with her connection to the government anti-trafficking task force, to return to Thailand at a later date, but I quibble.

Eisler has done an excellent job into breathing life into Livia, who could easily have become a one-note character. As always his description of location and detail brings the story to life and the plot feels like a roller coaster ride: a bit of a slow uphill process at the start, as he reintroduces her character and then BAM, you're off.

One side note: I recommend reading Eisler's novels in ebook whenever possible. He always adds extensive research notations and articles of interest, which are more easily accessible through hyperlink.

Feb 18, 2018

This book was hard to put down. A very compelling story about sex trafficing of children that starts in Thailand and how it affects the decisions and life of someone that has been caught in its claws. Livia Lone, a Seattle sex crimes detective, devotes her life to combating sex crimes. She is willing to travel where ever she needs go to track down and eliminate the people responsible for her and her sisters abduction while they were children.


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