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Red Right Hand
     

Red Right Hand

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by Chris Holm
 

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If the good guys can't save you, call a bad guy.
When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.
FBI Special Agent Charlie

Overview

If the good guys can't save you, call a bad guy.
When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.
FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson is determined to protect him, but her hands are tied; the FBI's sole priority is catching the terrorists before they strike again. So Charlie calls the only person on the planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks.
Once a covert operative for the US military, Hendricks makes his living hitting hitmen... or he did, until the very organization hunting Charlie's witness--the Council--caught wind and targeted the people he loves. Teaming up with a young but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job.
Of course, finding a man desperate to stay hidden is challenging enough without deadly competition, let alone when the competition's shadowy corporate backer is tangled in the terrorist conspiracy playing out around them. And now Hendricks is determined to take the Council down, even if that means wading into the center of a terror plot whose perpetrators are not what they seem.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 07/25/2016
Near the start of Holm’s explosive and timely sequel to 2015’s The Killing Kind, a tourist taking photos with his daughter’s cell phone manages to capture not only a terrorist attack on the Golden Gate Bridge but also the image of an older man thought long dead by both the FBI and the shadowy criminal organization known as the Council. Frank Segreti gave evidence against the Council seven years earlier and—allegedly—got blown up for his troubles. Now he’s back, and FBI special agent Charlie Thompson knows that the only person who can protect him and lead her to the Council is one of the Bureau’s most wanted. Enter hit man Michael Hendricks, who’s been gunning to take down the Council ever since it dispatched its own hit man to take him out and his best friend got caught in the crossfire. While Charlie begins investigating a Syrian group claiming responsibility for the Golden Gate attack, Michael travels to San Francisco to find Frank amid the law enforcement mayhem. Holm expertly balances weighty issues of national security with more intimate personal losses, and makes it clear that the best stories happen in the gray area between good and evil. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company. (Sept.)
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One of the Best Books of 2016 - The Boston Globe

"In his second Michael Hendricks thriller, Holm performs authorial acrobatics, elegantly and nimbly leaping between various locations and voices to produce not just a suspenseful tale kicked off by a San Francisco terrorist attack, but one imbued with multiple fine characters to boot."—The Boston Globe

"Thumbs up, we say. Thumbs up, then lick those thumbs and use them to turn the pages—quickly now, to find out what happens next."—Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle

"Holm succeeds in developing Michael Hendricks as a complexly conflicted protagonist, while keeping the level of action and intrigue running high. Smart, unpredictable, and well-constructed... a satisfying thriller on its own terms and likely a harbinger of pulse-quickening adventures still to come."—Portland Press Herald

"A crackerjack read . . . Pretty darned good"—Winnipeg Free Press

"Explosive and timely . . . Holm expertly balances weighty issues of national security with more intimate personal losses, and makes it clear that the best stories happen in the gray area between good and evil."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This follow-up to the acclaimed The Killing Kind is a real thrill ride. Jeff Abbott fans and adrenaline fiction junkies will appreciate how vividly the shadowy world of military contractors comes to life in Holm's skillful hands."—Library Journal (starred review)

"This story fairly leaps from the blocks. . . . The Killing Kind earned a stack of plaudits, but Red Right Hand is the rare second entry in a series that actually rivals its predecessor."—Kirkus Reviews

"The novel brims with nice turns on genre conventions. . . . Good story, good action, some startling turns of phrase."—Booklist

"A fast-paced, action-packed adventure, with several surprising twists to add to the excitement."—CentralMaine.com

"Like most people in Crime Fiction Land, I've been hearing about the talented Chris Holm for some time—and now I understand why. Red Right Hand is a rare treat—a tightly constructed, crisply written, fast-as-hell thriller. Strap in tight because the chapters whip by in a blur. Such is the view from a roller coaster."—Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2016
Years ago, FBI informant Frank Segreti was presumed to be dead when his safe house was blown up. Yet, the video of a terrorist attack in San Francisco shows Segreti to be very much alive. Determined to protect her witness until he can testify, FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson hires Michael Hendricks, a military covert operative-turned-hit man (of bad guys). His best friend and tech guru was killed by the same mob organization that's trying to take down Segreti, and now Hendricks is determined to burn down the group. VERDICT This follow-up to the acclaimed The Killing Kind (nominated for four major mystery awards, including the Anthony) is a real thrill ride. Jeff Abbott fans and adrenaline fiction junkies will appreciate how vividly the shadowy world of military contractors comes to life in Holm's skillful hands. [See Prepub Alert, 3/28/16; see author profile on p. 80.—Ed.]
Kirkus Reviews
2016-07-04
A fast-moving novel featuring the return of hit-man hitter and antihero Michael Hendricks (The Killing Kind, 2015).Tourist Jake Reston takes a video of his family with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Suddenly, a tugboat crashes into the bridge and explodes, causing massive damage and an unknown number of casualties. CNN obtains Reston’s video of the disaster and televises it repeatedly. A bystander happens to appear briefly in the video. It’s Frank Segreti, thought to be long dead by the Council, an umbrella alliance of organized crime groups. An incredulous Council member says, “This doesn’t make any sense. We blew Segreti’s ass up seven years ago,” so “how’d he just end up on my TV?” Meanwhile, Hendricks wants to take down the Council, the Council wants to find Segreti and kill him again, and Segreti wants to get far away from the scene of the blast, for which the unknown “True Islamic Caliphate” immediately takes responsibility. FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson wants to protect Segreti, a federal witness, but is ordered to focus on the investigation of the bridge blast. A woman named Cameron wants to help Hendricks “stop bad guys” because he’d previously killed the man who’d been hired to off Cameron’s mother. A Council bad guy named Chet Yancey interrogates Reston about the man in the video. Meanwhile, there's Sal Lombino, who is “solely responsible for executing Council orders” and is known as the “Devil’s Red Right Hand.” Unfortunately, bad person though Lombino is, he doesn’t seem to earn his terrifying nickname. It’s a complicated story with a few twists—nothing stunning but entertaining enough. Readers will root for Hendricks, even though he’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, because he has a more solid moral code than your average murderer. A good choice for thriller fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316259545
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
26,103
File size:
671 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy, which blends crime and fantasy, and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, The Killing Kind, was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and won the Anthony Award for Best Novel. His second Hendricks novel, Red Right Hand, is now available. Holm lives in Portland, Maine.

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Red Right Hand 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Wiliam_Maltese 6 months ago
A FAST JUST-OK READ! Not the best crime-fiction book I’ve ever read, but not the worst, by a long-shot. Combining aspects of terrorism and organized crime, and the fast-becoming-trite independent security group not on the up and up, as well as yet another clandestine group pulling a lot of strings, RED RIGHT HAND provided a quick few hours of reading that left me partially filled, if not completely sated. The second book in a “Collector” series, it didn’t leave me inspired to pick up book one or three, but it did make up for an evening of not much of anything to watch on television.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Right Hand by Chris Holm breaks new ground in the action/thriller genre. And it is something to behold. Michael Hendricks is a hitman. But with a difference. His mission is to eliminate other contract killers who have run afoul of a governing body called “The Council.” In Red Right Hand Hendricks has been forced to turn on the council. He wants to destroy them and end the council’s reign of criminality. This time, Hendricks is enlisted by the F.B.I. to protect a federal witness who is going to testify against the council. After video surfaces of a terrorist attack in San Francisco revealing the existence of the long thought dead witness, the council decides to take action. The story moves swiftly from location to location, unwinding like a non-stop action movie. Hendricks is assisted by a female tech guru who gives the story a nice added dimension. Red Right Hand is a book that should be savored and thoroughly enjoyed. The author does what all great writers do – he makes you look forward to his next book. Buy this for the weekend upcoming.