Teaser Tuesday – Rain Storm

Hello, and happy Tuesday! I haven’t managed to fit in a Tuesday Teaser for a while, but decided to try again today. I am continuing my gradual progression through Barry Eisler’s thrillers about the assassin, John Rain, and today’s teaser is from Rain Storm, the third book in that series.

As you already likely know, the Tuesday Teaser proceeds by people opening their current book to a random page, taking two non-spoiling(**) sentences from the page, and posting them as a “teaser.” (** That is, sentences that won’t give away anything important about the plot or the end of the story.)

The Tuesday Teaser is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. Head on over there and leave your own teaser, and/or leave it here. And explore other people’s teasers, and maybe discover some great new book you want to read.

My sentence – there’s only one, but it’s long – is from when Rain is following another guy through a casino in Macau. I had to post these because of the great description of the attitude of the casino prostitutes, their potential customers, and their employers. The subject matter may not be wholesome, but the description is wonderful.

We moved with them, past gamblers flush with fresh winnings, whom the girls eyed with bold invitation, eager to retrieve a few floating scraps from the casino food chain; past middle-aged men from Hong Kong and Taiwan with sagging bodies and febrile eyes, their postures rigid, caught in some grim purgatory between sexual urgency and commercial calculation; past security guards, inuured to the charms of the girls’ bare legs and bold décolletage and interested only in keeping them moving, circling, forever swimming through the murk of the endless Lisboa night.

Rain Storm, p. 18/19

Isn’t that wonderful description? “Floating scraps from the casino food chain.” And especially the “grim purgatory between sexual urgency and commercial calculation.” Excellent.

    9 comments

    1. Sassy Brit says:

      Wow! That is a very long, but extremely descriptive! 🙂


      Here is mine
      !

      It’s a song taken from the book 😉

      Don’t forget to leave your email addy if you want to enter the giveaway!

      Sassy
      🙂

      • Phyl says:

        Thanks, I enjoyed yours too! I like the variations, from songs or other things. One guy used to do lines from movie scripts and plays too. Those are among the most interesting. Thanks for visiting!

    2. I’ve been interested in Eisler’s “Rain” books – haven’t read anything by him yet, but I’ve got them on my TBR list. Excellent teaser!

      My Teaser

      • Phyl says:

        They’re fun, and you get a great education about Japan in the first couple, before he branches out. You can also see Eisler’s subtle improvement as a writer. I started out with his most recent book (until the one that just came out last month), and I could see that he’d grown in his writing. In small ways.

        Anyway. The stories are always exciting, though I still like the most recent one best. 🙂

    3. This sounds really intriguing…I like long sentences, especially when they convey so much. The language is wonderful.

      And thank goodness for semicolons!

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      • Phyl says:

        Ha! I totally agree about semicolons! In certain cases, when properly used, they can be a godsend and a great tool.

        And I like long sentences too. Sometimes, as with this one, they carry you along on an extended thought, whereas breaking it up with periods would completely ruin the flow and buildup.

    4. Dee says:

      Wow, that was one sentence! 🙂
      Thanks for checking out the Teaser, you should come back and win the contest!! You do have a really nice name for your blog..so it’ll be an easy way to win a free book of your choice 🙂

      http://readseverything.blogspot.com/2010/06/catchy-name-contest.html

    5. Laura says:

      I love a good thriller, and it sounds like there’s a whole slew of them! I’ll have to check that out.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.

    6. carol says:

      Very descriptive – nice teaser.

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