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The Right Hand

Hardcover, 11/13/2012

ISBN 978-0-316-19846-2

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“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

There has always been a need in the spy game for covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, knows 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 if he’s ever compromised. Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Clay soon discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and soon Clay finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the US government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy.

Praise for The Right Hand

“A one session rocket of a thriller.” – Financial Times, Best Books of 2012

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

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)

A lean and mean tale laced with wit, mordant insight and, at perfectly judged moments, flashes of sharp prose….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

Praise for Derek Haas

“Haas, a screenwriter (3:10 to Yuma), is a very good storyteller, and he nails the first-person, engagingly offhand narration.” — Booklist

Praise for The Assassin Trilogy

A devastatingly cool series.” — New York Times Book Review

Tight, swift debut thriller… reminiscent of The Manchurian Candidate. By telling the story from the assassin’s point of view, Haas layers on novelistic texture.” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

A concept so high that it might give publishers and readers a nosebleed. …beautifully crafted.” — Barnes & Noble Review

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.

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