The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the Lost Coast seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But when three twisted locals decide Larison looks like an easy target, they unleash a vengeful and dangerous predator with a personal score to settle.

By internationally bestselling author Barry Eisler, THE LOST COAST is a dark short story featuring rogue black-ops soldier Daniel Larison, last seen in Eisler's INSIDE OUT, which...
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The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story

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Overview

For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the Lost Coast seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But when three twisted locals decide Larison looks like an easy target, they unleash a vengeful and dangerous predator with a personal score to settle.

By internationally bestselling author Barry Eisler, THE LOST COAST is a dark short story featuring rogue black-ops soldier Daniel Larison, last seen in Eisler's INSIDE OUT, which Op-Ed News called a "thriller as good or better than any of Grisham's" and Library Journal called "a relentless and revelatory look into the human cost of those who torture on behalf of their country."

THE LOST COAST clocks in at around 6,600 words, or approximately 25 pages in print. The download comes with additional material, including a Q&A, in which J.A. Konrath interviews Barry.

WARNING: this story is intended for mature audiences, and contains depictions of sexual activity…though perhaps not in the way you're expecting.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012256096
  • Publisher: Barry Eisler
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Inside Out
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 109,608
  • File size: 336 KB

Meet the Author

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. www.barryeisler.com
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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    A little deeper into Larrison.

    Dark. Larrison is a dark and messed up character. This little short (thanks Barry for dipping your toe.) is a nice complement to Barry's "Inside Out" and gives us a little more insight into Larrison. Well worth the read if a little spendy for it's length.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    More great work from Eisler, with an important difference.

    If you have read any of Barry Eisler's novels, then you already know that he writes compelling and exciting thrillers with well realized characters and amazing action scenes. This is his first short story, it features Larison, the antagonist from Eisler's novel Fault Line. The Lost Coast is a character piece that mainly focuses on one key aspect of Larison, he's gay. The story presents his sexuality without judgment or derision. Larison is still very dangerous, very complex, very interesting, and very cool. Eisler has successfully created an action character who just happens to be gay, an important step forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Graphic homosexual acts - decide before you buy!

    Regardless of the story line , B&N should give you more notice than their blurb about sex "in a way you might not expect." I'm not a prude but I would not have wasted my money on this one, and I really like Eisler - usually.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Decent first short story attempt

    Not as good as his novels, the story felt awkward, as if the author was restraining himself from adding details and background.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Be careful, very violent

    Every wish the story on the news was that the gay bashers got bashed. Well, here you go. Violent and bloody, with consent issues. Don't read if graphic violence or rape squick you.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Excellent

    Mr. Eisler ventures into the short story format with some success. Loved the turning of the tables on the homophobes (too rich!). Definitely looking forward to his next full-length novel.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    More, please

    With this short story, all I can say is ... Mr. Eisler is a tease.
    I want more!
    I love Larison. He's a bad dude who is gay. And that's a poor description that does not do justice to this complex and intriguing character.
    I am sure there are some people who will squirm while reading this. Would it be because of the gay sex? Or the violence? Or the violent sex? So in this sense, perhaps this is not for everyone.
    But if you are looking for a fix in between Mr. Eisler's novels, or in need of a quick introduction, then "The Lost Coast" satisfies. But it's still not enough.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    More than a jolt

    I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, but note that it's not for the faint of heart.

    _Lost Coast_, like so much of Eisler's work, features an adventuring plot that subtly forces our examination of human character. Of that gray mix-mash of morality that exists within us all. Never does Larson, the protagonist, reflect on his condition, but as the pages turn, as adventures befall, we feel his loneliness, and his anger seeps in to us. We taste his struggle. His fear. Marvel at the chill of his rage when threatened.

    It, as all Eisler's work, is well written and compelling -- in short, well worth the read.

    So what's bad about this story? It's too short.

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