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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444729195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444729191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Derek Haas is the author of THE SILVER BEAR, the Barry Award-nominated HUNT FOR THE BEAR, and DARK MEN. Derek also co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russel Crowe and Christian Bale, and Wanted, starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Angelina Jolie. Derek lives in Los Angeles.

Visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @popcornfiction.

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Praise for Derek Haas (.)

Derek Haas knows how to capture your attention with his first sentence and keep you in his thrall until his final words...THE RIGHT HAND, like a triple shot of espresso, will keep you up all night, eyes darting back and forth, wondering how it's all going to end. (David Benioff)

Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer and THE RIGHT HAND is a roller coaster of a novel. (Jeff Abbott)

A devastatingly cool series (New York Times Book Review on THE SILVER BEAR TRILOGY)

Columbus is a hit man intriguing enough to take his place beside those created by Graham Greene and Lawrence Block. (Los Angeles Times on DARK MEN)

Brilliant, intense portrait of a professional hit man...cinematic-style story construction, cliffhangers and urgent narrative pace (The Australian on THE SILVER BEAR)

A thrilling page-turner - a cross between the Jason Bourne movies and the classic assassin film Leon. (Company on HUNT FOR THE BEAR)

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From a star Hollywood screenwriter comes a thrilling contemporary take on a cold war classic - the most secret side of the CIA and a mission in Russia which puts the balance of power in jeopardy.

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By Johnsson29 on 22 Jan. 2013
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I am not familiar with this writer but this was a very good read. The novel; reminded me a little of Lee Child/Harlan Coben and is in good company with those writers.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
'The Right Hand' is the right choice for a good spy story!! 14 Nov. 2012
By Doug - Published on
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The main character in 'The Right Hand' is a black ops specialist doing the dirty work which the CIA either won't or can't publicly acknowledge. The story has lots of snappy dialogue, gun battles, car chases, double-crossing bad guys, surprise twists and turns, and an heroic effort by the hero of the story to permanently find and punish the traitors who are selling U.S. secrets to a recovering Russian spy aparatus. If you enjoyd Haas' earlier efforts (The Silver Bear, Columbus, & Dark Men) I believe you will not be disappointed in choosing 'The Right Hand.'
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The left hand doesn't know what he does. 20 Nov. 2012
By plane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Derek Haas has created a "different" CIA operative with The Right Hand. Austin Clay works for the CIA, but not with other agents. He is on his own with the single exception of his handler in executing his assignments. These are generally covert operations that are outside of what is normal CIA work. He operates as he sees fit in accomplishing his work, and has a reputation of the left hand (remainder of the CIA) not knowing what the right hand (Clay) is doing. Clay, as a young man, was subjected to virtual imprisonment for eight years on his uncle's boat after becoming an orphan. His personality is formed within the framework of abusive treatment, and eventual escape from his uncle. In this first Clay novel he is handed the assignment of rescuing a captured CIA agent being held in Russia. Events quickly move to the discovery of a young woman who unwittingly was connected to the imprisoned agent and knows the reason for his capture. Clay finds the girl as a possible means of tracing the whereabouts of the agent While proceeding he begins to experience protective feelings about the young lady, but realizes that he is too old for her. He is also too involved in his work to consider romance. But he does dedicate himself to making sure she is removed from danger showing a compassionate side for exploration in future books. Haas sketches Clay quite well, and the reader will understand a little of his conflicting feelings as he continues to work on his assignment. A book that is difficult to put down and a feeling that the ending is in keeping with the events depicted and satisfying for the reader.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
best one yet 18 Nov. 2012
By James Olmstead - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This has to be Derek Haas's best book yet. I got my copy in the mail yesterday and read it straight through...which I would recommend to all of you ! Great characters and fast paced doesn't even describe it...I was on the edge of my lazy boy the whole time.
The plot was intricate, but notconfusing like some spy novels I have read
Have read all of his books, now await the next one. They are all a treat to read
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Disappointing Read 27 Feb. 2013
By vadreads - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read and thoroughly enjoyed the Silver Bear trilogy by Derek Haas and had looked forward reading his most recent book, "The Right Hand." My conclusion, at its conclusion, is that "The Right Hand" is a novel that is little more than a barely fleshed out movie script. It is difficult to believe that this, Haas' fourth book, was actually written by the same person who created the Silver Bear series. "The Right Hand" would make a great and forgettable action movie, complete with special effects. Unfortunately, action is all that Haas offers - Haas gives us no sense of place and little characterization. A disappointing read at best. Were it possible to give this book a 2.5 star rating, I would have done so.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Too simplistic 18 April 2013
By Alex - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up from the library display and the opening caught my attention, but the book went downhill from there. The main character seems to go from encounter to encounter without much explanation or color. A robotic killer. At one point there is a scene change that you had to guess had happened. I wanted to like this book but gave up after 50 pages.
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