Barry Eisler | TEDxTokyo 2009
Barry Eisler has a much higher profile now than he ever did as a spy for the CIA or in his subsequent incarnation as an intellectual property lawyer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. His sharp-edged, realistic novels about an enigmatic and conflicted assassin named John Rain have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year and appear in nearly twenty languages. This year Sony Pictures turned Barry’s first book, Rain Fall, into a movie starring Gary Oldman. His seventh and newest novel, Fault Line, launches a new subgenre—the blogosphere thriller. Barry earned a black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center in Tokyo, and lives alternately in Japan and the Bay Area.