"A short story?" You ask, "Why do I want to read a short story?" First, it's Larison. He's nasty. He's conflicted. He's not somebody you'd want to have a beer with, but what a character for a thriller.
Second, nobody crafts a thriller like Barry Eisler, except maybe Daniel Silva and few others. Every sentence drives the action. Nothing is wasted. Nonstop tension and drama. If you don't like the story itself, but you're interested in what makes a good story, get this, dissect it, and you've got the formula, not at all easy to replicate, but excellently executed by Eisler in the Lost Coast.
Third, hey, it's $2.99. You haven't got $2.99 to pitch in towards Eisler's experiment at self-publishing? Eisler is the author of not one but many international bestsellers. At a time when the literary market is going through a wrenching transition, Eisler is out there, experimenting with this new venue, self-publishing the Lost Coast through Amazon and other outlets. $2.99 gets you a story, an exciting hour or two, a lesson in what makes a great thriller, and you help fund a continuing experiment that may well help the publishing industry find its legs in this new marketplace.
Mostly though you want to read this story because Eisler's next novel isn't on the shelves yet, and yeah, nasty as he is, it's fun -- if just in fiction or perhaps especially only in fiction -- to see Larison dish out some rough justice. Ok maybe a little too rough for some, maybe a little too rough for me, but the fact that Eisler brings Larison to life to the point where the reader even thinks that, tells you something about his craft as an author.