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The Silver Bear (Silver Bear Series #1)
     

The Silver Bear (Silver Bear Series #1)

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by Derek Haas
 

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The intense psychological portrait of a hitman—the anti-Jason Bourne—as he stalks his prey from Boston to LA. He wants you to know him, maybe even admire him, but only for his excellence in his craft. Perhaps he was even born for it.
"A natural killer," his mentor—a middleman named Vespucci—said he was. He proved it with his first

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The intense psychological portrait of a hitman—the anti-Jason Bourne—as he stalks his prey from Boston to LA. He wants you to know him, maybe even admire him, but only for his excellence in his craft. Perhaps he was even born for it.
"A natural killer," his mentor—a middleman named Vespucci—said he was. He proved it with his first professional hit: a Fifth Circuit Court judge in Boston, executed with a sheet of Saran Wrap in the stairwell of her own courthouse. He's proved his merit often, usually with a Glock semiautomatic, but he's improvised too, with his bare hands, the heel of a shoe, knives, even a sewing machine. He is the consummate assassin, at the top of his form, immune to the psychological strains of his chosen profession. He is what the Russians call a Silver Bear. He calls himself Columbus. It's the name Vespucci gave him, ten years ago, when he discovered a dark, new world of fences, clients, marks, jobs, jack. Not that his real name meant much to him anyway. He never knew his father or his mother, a prostitute who became dangerously involved back in the seventies with an earnest young congressman named Abe Mann, then a rising star in the Democratic Party. The magnetic Abe Mann has since become the Speaker of the House. He is currently running for the Democratic nomination in an exhausting presidential campaign, weaving his way across the country. Columbus is not far behind. But as he pieces together his past and prepares the seamless assassination of his mark, the criminal underworld he has always ruled begins unraveling violently around him.

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Tight, swift debut thriller from the co-screenwriter of the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma about a crack assassin hired to rub out his father. Highlights of Haas's cinematic thriller include a cross-country junket, quick reversals, lightning violence and a surprising denouement. On the road goes a "silver bear" (the term Russians use for assassins who earn top dollar because their shots never miss), prowling from Boston to Los Angeles. The "bear," using the name Columbus, stalks congressman Abe Mann, who fathered the boy with Amanda B., a black prostitute. After giving birth to Columbus, Amanda turns up dead, stabbed in the neck in circumstances never explained. Mann's possible involvement in the case and the cruel abandonment of his son help readers swallow a premise, reminiscent of The Manchurian Candidate, that an offspring might assassinate his famous parent. By telling the story from the assassin's point of view, Haas layers on novelistic texture that a film version may miss. In chilling interior passages echoing The Day of the Jackal, the "bear" explicates the cold-blooded methods that make him a top killer. All the while, Haas stokes sympathy for his anti-hero. The assassin's back story leads to a foster home where Columbus endures abuse and then to a juvenile detention center where he serves time after the killing of his foster mother. Post detention, Columbus initiates a touching relationship with a young woman at the same time he's recruited as an assassin. The two pursuits clash, as his handlers had forewarned, and, to save his girlfriend's life, Columbus brutally dispatches and abandons her. But having awakened tender feelings, she haunts his memory. He's left wondering about herin a coda that points to a series on page and screen. Lean work, with every word counting and adding up to more than most authors land in twice the space. Agent: Mel Berger/William Morris Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933648446
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Series:
Silver Bear Series , #1
Pages:
224
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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The Silver Bear 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book, I've read the assassin's trilogy, but I want to know what book comes after that one.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Columbus has a natural talent as a killer. It is instinct for Columbus, a way of life. Even with his first hit he proved himself more than capable of getting the job done. When a gun doesn't do the job, he can use whatever prop comes his way. If there isn't anything readily available, he will happily kill with his bare hands. His latest assignment isn't quite going the way he has planned. When Columbus finds himself drowning in a pool of secrets, he begins to question the path he has chosen in life. Brilliantly written. Thriller fans everywhere will sing praise for this book. Even though Columbus was a killer, he's a really likable character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like a suspense thrillers with moment to moment appeal, this is it ! You won't want to put it down. My favorite author in years. His first novel will want you hoping for a series. From beginning to end, you lose yourself in the life of this new character - Columbus. Read it and pass on the news ' That the BEAR is in town and he is frighteningly special '