The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story

Rated 4.50/5 based on 8 reviews
For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening. More

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About Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law. www.barryeisler.com

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Review by: Ray Blaak on April 20, 2011 :
This is my first time reading any of Barry's work. I liked the writing style of this story very much, the careful attention to the detail of being a spook.

This story was too short though, but I knew that going in. I didn't expect the final twist of the story, it seemed a little too obsessive, maybe too much of a fantasy?

I will read more of this author for sure, so that part of experiment is a success.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: M M on March 21, 2011 :
I have had the pleasure of reading all of Barry Eisler's books, to date, and "The Lost Coast" is an excellent addition to Eisler's list works. "The Lost Coast" is short but very well written (in Eisler's very descriptive style). I am a huge fan of the thriller/suspense and mystery/detective genres and have found that Barry Eisler is, in my opinion, the best author currently in the game. If you enjoy stories with just the right mix of action, suspense, wit, charm, humor and social/political commentary, Barry Eisler has you covered. I can't wait for the next entry in the John Rain series, it will definitely be great.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chuck Tyrell on March 18, 2011 : (no rating)
I've had the privilege of knowing Barry since John Rain was born. Larison's story here is typical Eisler. Hardhitting, real, and satisfying. Well, it serves as an appetizer anyway, because you'll never be able to stop with just one Eisler story. The Lost Coast is not for the faint hearted, but then, other authors write for the faint, Barry writes for the connected. So, if you're into slamdunk reality of setting and character, read Barry Eisler; read The Lost Coast.

Charles Whipple
aka Chuck Tyrell
The Snake Den
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: edward willis on March 17, 2011 : (no rating)
I absolutely loved this story. What an incredible segue into The Detachment.

Way to go Barry.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paul Hixenbaugh on Feb. 28, 2011 :
Larison was a bad-ass in "Inside Out," and now we learn a little more about what makes him tick. You don't need to have read "Inside Out" to get into the story, but if you have, you'll probably get more out of it. This story was a nice little appetizer for Eisler's next full-length novel. It's dark and atmospheric, and more than a little shocking. I agree with the other reviewers who say it's too short. I'm very curious about what happens next with Larison in Eisler's next book, and how this short story will set it up.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lauri J Owen on Feb. 26, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, but note that it's not for the faint of heart.

_Lost Coast_, like so much of Eisler's work, features an adventuring plot that subtly forces our examination of human character. Of that gray mix-mash of morality that exists within us all. Never does Larison, the protagonist, reflect on his condition, but as the pages turn, as adventures befall, we feel his loneliness, and his anger seeps in to us. We taste his struggle. His fear. Marvel at the chill of his rage when threatened.

It, as all Eisler's work, is well written and compelling -- in short, well worth the read.

So what's bad about this story? It's too short.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brendan LeFebvre on Feb. 24, 2011 :
A short, brutal vignette of the lethal Larison, this is a solid tale in its own right but also serves as a welcome supplement to tide over veteran fans until Eisler's next full-length novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Russell Brooks on Feb. 23, 2011 :
A jolt of Larison!

Barry Eisler takes his anti-hero, Daniel Larison, out of the mess that made him Enemy of the State in Inside Out, also by Eisler, to a quiet coastal town in California. The character description of Larison is very well done and the story doesn't spoil anything for those that did not read, Inside Out, Fault Line, or any of the John Rain novels. For Eisler's first short story, this was very well done. In fact, maybe it's just me, but I got the feeling that it could've been a chapter that was removed from either Inside Out or an upcoming novel. But that's not a criticism, but more of a way of describing how entertaining it was to read it.

Reviewed by Russell Brooks
Author of the Spy/Thriller, Pandora's Succession
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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