Killings, torture and kidnappings abound in this novel, partly told in the first person. At the center is the question, how far would you go to save a friend? Eisler wonderfully conveys the gamut of feelings involved when trying to do what is right.

Retired assassin John Rain has set himself up in Paris with a new lover and a new identity. All is well until he gets word that his old friend, Don, a former Marine sniper, has been kidnapped and will be killed unless Rain agrees to three more assassinations. That the kidnapper, Jim Hilger, is a former CIA operative strikes fear in Rain's heart. Will he find out what's going on in time to save Don -- and himself? (onyx, May, 350 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Himler