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.

Where to find Barry Eisler online

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TEDx Tokyo Talk
"Conversations With Your Future Self"

The Inside Out Sex Scene
Reading the Inside Out Sex Scene while recording the audiobook.

Interview with GRITtv
Interview with Laura Flanders on Secrecy and Accountability

Inside Out Audiobook
An interview about the making of the Inside Out audiobook.

The Young Turks
Talking torture, torture tapes, and Inside Out with Cenk Uygur


Inside Out
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 92,010. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.
Fault Line
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 97,550. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
On the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
The Ass Is A Poor Receptacle For The Head: Why Democrats Suck At Communication, And How They Could Improve
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,860. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Topic / political, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / essays
In this hilarious and hard-hitting essay, Eisler draws on his expertise in narrative, his CIA training in persuasion, and his background in technology marketing to offer Democrats some sound advice on how to improve their communications strategy.
Paris Is A Bitch -- A Rain/Delilah Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
For most couples, a quiet dinner for two in Paris would be just the thing to smooth out the complications in a romance. But for gorgeous Mossad operative Delilah and trying-to-retire contract killer John Rain, nothing is ever easy. When it comes to killing, business and pleasure are the most dangerous mix of all.
The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.50 from 6 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.

Smashwords book reviews by Barry Eisler

  • Campfire Tales from Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff on May 17, 2012

    I've been part of the listserv at No Nonsense Self Defense for quite a few years, and the lessons I've learned there -- on avoiding violence, inflicting violence, and surviving violence -- have made my novels immeasurably better (they've also helped me live more safely). So imagine how honored I was when Rory Miller (another self defense writer and instructor from whom I've learned a ton) asked me to be part of a book he was editing, with contributions from the heavy hitters on the NNSD listserv. The result is a discussion between John Rain and Marc MacYoung (all of whose books you should read, if you're interested in violence and self-defense) about the differences between professional violence and the amateur variety; disappearing in urban environments; and a lot more. Rain was more talkative than usual, I think because he sensed Marc understood where he was coming from. They got into some fairly esoteric stuff in the end, including -- well, maybe you should see for yourself. The entries in this book are unique, uniquely valuable, and offered by people in unique positions to know: bouncers, former criminals, people who know the street because they've lived it. Want to know how to read your opponent? How to talk to cops? The difference between social and asocial violence? It's all in here, and a hell of a lot more, too. For a few mouse clicks and a few bucks, you can learn lessons from people who've themselves paid in blood. Sounds like a hell of a deal to me.