I buried myself in a thriller series the last couple of days so I could ignore the empty house around me while Brad was off doing his thing in California. I read the first two John Rain books last summer and bought the third in hardback in Seattle when I was on my last detective/thriller/mystery binge. The latest John Rain arrived from Amazon a couple of days ago (I'm on a first name basis with Dan, the UPS man), which inspired me to re-read the series. They're the best assassin-as-hero books since The Eiger Sanction. They are set in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, and other fun places in Asia, as well as Brazil and a brief, but memorable, visit to Virginia. I read the first couple last summer in preparation for a planned birthday trip to Tokyo in September that didn't come to fruition, and have now read the next two in preparation for a planned trip to Tokyo at the end of this month that's also not going to come to fruition. I'm sure I'll make it to Japan eventually and will look up some of the coffee houses and jazz clubs described so lovingly in these books.