Dark Men (Silver Bear Series #3)

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The latest thriller featuring the sleek and sinister Silver Bear—from leading Hollywood scriptwriter Derek Haas.
Columbus has retired. or so he thinks. He and his lover, Risina, a mysterious rare-book dealer, have fled to a tiny Italian coastal village where no one knows their names. And yet Columbus has trouble letting go.
His paranoia is justified when, one day, he notices a suspicious man following him, and within days he’s back in Chicago ...

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The latest thriller featuring the sleek and sinister Silver Bear—from leading Hollywood scriptwriter Derek Haas.
Columbus has retired. or so he thinks. He and his lover, Risina, a mysterious rare-book dealer, have fled to a tiny Italian coastal village where no one knows their names. And yet Columbus has trouble letting go.
His paranoia is justified when, one day, he notices a suspicious man following him, and within days he’s back in Chicago trying to figure out why his old fence has been kidnapped and maybe even killed. The ransom note left behind demands Columbus by name.
The Silver Bear must now sever this last link with his dark past if he and Risina are to ever have hope at a new life. yet Risina seems to show a remarkable knack for the kill herself . . . and perhaps there won’t be a chance for turning back.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Haas’s solid third Silver Bear thriller (after 2009’s Columbus), the assassin known as Columbus, who spent his youth “incarcerated in a juvenile detention center” outside Boston, has retired to a seaside Italian village with his rare-book dealer lover, Risina Lorenzana. Then Columbus learns that his former fence, Archibald Grant, has been kidnapped, and that a ransom note demands Columbus’s return to the U.S. as part of the deal. Back in the U.S., Columbus encounters a collector of skulls who is somehow connected to the abduction; kills a man who’s contracted to eliminate the skull collector; watches as an associate of Grant is murdered by a falling scaffold; and becomes involved with a hit man named Spilatro, whose specialty is concocting “death by accident”—and who warns him that “dark men,” CIA operatives, are behind all the mayhem. Poetic prose helps propel a plot that loses some steam toward the end, but Haas keeps readers guessing throughout. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
Haas (The Silver Bear, 2008, etc.) brings his cold, canny professional hit man back in this cold, canny thriller. The author opens with his lethally efficient Columbus, aka the Silver Bear, secluded in an Italian seaside village, hoping to retire from his lucrative work as a hired killer. Risina, his lover, who knows how to cook as well as kill, has "shown him what life could be without a Glock." Of course, in the thriller genre, a killer's retirement means that another bloody junket awaits. And indeed, on a visit to a nearby city, Columbus confronts a man who had been following him. The man, Smoke, hands Columbus a note: "Bring Columbus home," it demands. "Or you'll get Grant back in a way you won't like." This threat against Grant, the Bear's boss, sends Columbus into a maze of fast kills and treachery. At his side follows Risina, insisting she can learn to kill as ruthlessly and remorselessly as Columbus. Her subsequent trial by blood and terror largely defines her, an aspect some readers will find thin, if not objectionable, characterization. Following a trail that leads to Chicago, Kansas City and Connecticut--and to a man who uses skulls as bargaining chips--Columbus demonstrates his deadly touch, his asides to Risina and to himself constituting a primer on how to excel at the fast kill. He's particularly masterful at ferreting out wedges that get people to worm on their associates. In one of the book's more affecting passages, he strong-arms a woman to recall her life with a man she never suspected was a pro killer. When a falling scaffolding takes Smoke's life, Columbus knows the collapse was not an accident. Connecting clues from the accident and from the woman's narrative, he realizes he faces "dark men," a particular kind of foe he's not used to fighting. Intricate and fascinating. Heartless Columbus offers cold comfort on dark nights.
Marilyn Stasio
…a devastatingly cool series…it's a pleasure to watch [Columbus] go up against an adversary with a modus operandi even more diabolical than his own.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605982717
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Silver Bear Series, #3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Haas is the author of the novels The
Silver Bear, Columbus, and Dark Men, which make up The Assassin Trilogy.
Derek co-created "Chicago Fire" and executive produces "Chicago P.D." for
NBC. He also co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, and The Double. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    A great read for all mystery/thriller fans.

    This thriller really makes you change your mind about your usual ¿hit man.¿ At the beginning of the book the main character, a hit man known as ¿Columbus¿ has retired from his job and, along with his lady friend, Rosina, has come to a very peaceful setting in an Italian village on the sea. They are reasonably happy but Columbus is missing his former profession and has a lot of trouble just enjoying life without ducking bullets and living normally.

    One day, while shopping in the village, Columbus notices a man following him and when he faces the man, finds out that his former fence, Archibald Grant (the person that finds work for assassins) has been kidnapped and a ransom note was left stating: Bring Columbus home, or you¿ll get Grant back in a way you won¿t like. Columbus and Rosina travel back to Chicago to find Archie and see who wants him back in the city and why. He finds that it is very difficult to escape his past and meets up with a few really odd folks who are connected with Archie¿s kidnapping. These people are hit men and women too and have some extremely different styles of living. Columbus has to deal with these people while trying to find Archie and starts eliminating people until eventually coming face to face with the culprit. There is a lot of action and when the reader finds out the identity of the Dark Men it¿s a bit of a surprise.

    This book is very fast-paced and you have to pay attention not to lose the many clues left for Columbus. The author, Derek Haas, has also written The Silver Bear and Columbus featuring this main character and also writes screenplays such as 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted. Also, adding to Mr. Haas¿ writing credits is a film entitled The Double, that is available as one of the best of 2011 starring, among others, Richard Gere and Martin Sheen. Mr. Haas is a master in keeping everyone guessing as to who is doing what to who. A great story for all mystery/thriller fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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