Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and start-up executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler's bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay area and, when he's not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law.
Eisler, who spent a covert three years with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, drives this locomotive of a story full speed into the facade on the war on terror. Black ops soldier Ben Treven (last seen in Fault Line) is sent to find a rogue specialist who stole 92 videotapes from a secret prison at Guantanamo Bay. Fast-action scenes alternate with Treven's education in the cynical arts of policymaking, and the quickening pace of the story culminates in a bombshell revelation. VERDICT One sex scene fits neither the story nor the characters, and the violence may make even the most jaded reader uncomfortable, but this is a relentless and revelatory look into the human cost of those who torture on behalf of their country. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10; ten-city tour and library marketing; ebook ISBN 978-0-345-51929-0.] Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
""Inside Out "is more than just an addictive, non-stop thriller. It is a microscope turned on the official policies of torture, extraordinary rendition, and the systematic ghosting of detainees. Through the dialogue of his engaging characters, Eisler insightfully conveys the incredible damage these policies caused our nation and the danger they pose to democracy and freedom."--Matthew Alexander, author of "How to Break a Terrorist"
"A white knuckle roller-coaster ride through the dark side, a truth so horrifying that it can only be told in fiction. Eisler is a rarity, the ex-spook who turns himself into a great mystery writer."--Robert Baer, former CIA officer and author of "See No Evil"
"Eisler turns on its head the old saw that to understand all is to forgive all. His tight plotting and believable characters show us unforgivingly how counter-terrorism turns evil and counter-productive."--Juan Cole, President, Global Americana Institute, author of "Engaging the Muslim World
""Inside Out "plumbs, with absolute credibility, the darkest recesses of our recent public life, pulling back the curtain on the grim world of secrets--from extraordinary rendition to torture to extra-judicial killing--that looms behind our recent foreign policy. Which makes it not only compelling but, alas, essential reading."--Mark Danner, author of "Torture and Truth" and "Stripping Bare the Body"
"Eisler's new thriller is as smart, dark, and tough as his others. This one, however, is also all too real and all too close to home. After you read it, you will find yourself looking at political news in a very different way... and wondering why these facts are assembled more convincingly in a clever, entertaining suspense novel than they are in the supposedly factual media. Read it for scary fun, only to realize that the facts were the scariest things of all."--Charles Ferguson, Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer of "No End in Sight"
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