Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's  Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and  startup 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.

Barry Eisler has written eight novels, six featuring assassin John Rain; the two most recent novels, Inside Out and Faultline, feature secret government agent Ben Treven.

About the interviewer:
RICHARD WOLINSKY  hosts Bookwaves heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley
( and on the Pacifica Radio Network.
Podcast/Streaming Interviews with Barry Eisler
2010 Interview
Barry discusses Inside Out and Fault Line in this free-wheeling discussion about politics, fiction, the missing CIA torture tapes, and the factual basis of his work.
extended 50-minute edit
Aired August 5, 2010: Link to the KPFA-FM archives
2007 Interview
Barry discusses the John Rain novels, including
his 2007 novel, Requiem for an Assassin
Aired July 12, 2007: extended 35-minute edit
Barry Eisler