REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN
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)