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.