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Are you looking for action? Do you like fast-paced spy novels? Then have I got a book for you!
The Right Hand by Derek Haasis the book you're looking for.
This is not one of his "Assassin" books. In The Right Hand, Haas introduces us to Austin Clay, covert CIA operative who does those things we all know happen but we pretend we don't. The left hand can't know what the right hand is doing -- plausible deniability, you know -- but some dark deeds must be done all the same. Clay is one of the best, and because his Russian is flawless, he is sent to Moscow to retrieve a compromised operative. It should be fairly routine, and it's the sort of thing Clay excels at: get the assignment, do the job, forget about it, move on to the next assignment.
And even the complication that mucks things up should be no real big deal. It's not as if Clay hasn't run into trouble before. But this time, this particular complication is shaking Clay's cool reserve, and he knows that if he becomes emotionally involved, things can take bloody turns. Still, he has to do what he knows to be necessary, even if it means going against orders.
Derek Haas has a proven track record of telling great stories at breakneck speed. From his Silver Bear series through his screenwriting credits (the latest 3:10 to Yuma, “Chicago Fire”) and now to The Right Hand, he proves he's a master. And we say that, not simply because of some of the twists he throws in, but also because of where he steps away from the predictable. I can't say more without spoilers, so let us just warn you that you may as well set aside an afternoon to read this, because once you start, you're not going to want to stop reading until the last page is turned.
This is Adele - Janine and Fran have been on me to read Derek for quite a while and I just read The Right Hand. What can I say, WOW! If you like action, this is the book for you. It looks like now I have to move one of my books piles over to make room for the rest of Derek’s books.--Fran
Meet Austin Clay, the CIA's best-kept secret.
There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality-covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. The left hand can't know what the right hand is doing.
Austin Clay is that right hand, executing missions that would be disavowed by his own government were he ever to be compromised. His team consists of only his trusted handler and himself. His missions are among the most important and dangerous in U.S. history.
Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Soon he discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the U.S. government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy.
With blistering pace, international intrigue, and a high-stakes plot that spans continents, THE RIGHT HAND introduces a new hero, from the novelist whose work the New York Times Book Review has proclaimed "devastatingly cool."
About the Author
Derek Haas is the co-writer of the films The Double, Wanted, and 3:10 to Yuma, and The Assassin Trilogy: The Silver Bear, Columbus and Dark Men. He lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for The Right Hand…
"A one-session rocket of a thriller."—Financial Times, Best Books of the Year
"Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer and THE RIGHT HAND is a roller coaster of a novel."—Jeff Abbott, author of The Last Minute and Adrenaline
"Screenwriter and novelist Derek Haas confidently strides into espionage with his adrenaline rush The Right Hand. A lean, no-nonsense plot....the vigorous pace never slows as Haas' sparse prose propels the plot that crisscrosses Europe. Haas introduces just enough spycraft to add intrigue, but never to overwhelm his story."—Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
"Cinematic...THE RIGHT HAND never lets up."—Shawna Seed, Dallas Morning News
"Haas has crafted a lean and mean tale laced with wit, mordant insight and, at perfectly judged moments, flashes of sharp prose. He paces his tale with crack action scenes that, however well they read on the page, may soon have film directors calling "Action!" These high-octane scenes, however, never detract from Haas' canny plotting, which is capped by a final, unexpected twist and a poignant fade-out. It's not the game, but how well you play it, and Haas plays it very well indeed."—Kirkus Reviews
"Fast-paced with lots of believable action."—Deadly Pleasures
"Haas spins a riveting page-turner with just the kind of sharp dialogue one would expect from someone who writes for the movies. Readers will want to see more of Austin Clay."—Booklist
"This hard-edged contemporary spy thriller from Haas covers a lot of ground with great narrative economy. Forceful, cinematic scenes show off the lean grace of Hass's prose. Cleverly placed plot twists and spycraft details help make this a standout. Readers will hope to see a lot more of Clay."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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 is impossible to read in small bites. You devour it like a shark, hungry for more until you've swallowed every gob of flesh, every drop of blood. Haas doesn't know how to write a boring page; 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, New York Times bestselling author of City of Thieves and The 25th Hour
PRAISE FOR DEREK HAAS:
"A devastatingly cool series."—New York Times Book Review, on THE ASSASSIN TRILOGY