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The Right Hand

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by Derek Haas
     
 

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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.

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Overview

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."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This hard-edged contemporary spy thriller from Haas (Dark Men) covers a lot of ground with great narrative economy. Austin Clay, “an intelligence officer for 15 years, six of those in black ops,” executes missions so secret that his CIA bosses will never acknowledge their existence. Clay goes undercover in Russia to bring back a missing fellow agent, Blake Nelson, who “was doing some very sensitive work near the Caspian Sea.” Clay’s superiors fear that the Russians have captured Nelson and may torture him into revealing U.S. intelligence. The case quickly spins beyond Clay’s control with the entry of a beautiful Hungarian woman and a stream of Russian hit men. The discovery of a mole in the CIA’s upper echelons raises the stakes. 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. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)
Deadly Pleasures
"Fast-paced with lots of believable action."
Booklist
"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."
Shawna Seed
"The novel begins literally with a bang and never lets up. His writing manages to be both economical and evocative. Pure genius."
Financial Times
"A one session rocket of a thriller."
Jeff Abbott
"Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer and THE RIGHT HAND is a roller coaster of a novel."
Oline H. Cogdill
"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."
David Benioff
"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."
New York Times Book Review
PRAISE FOR DEREK HAAS:

"A devastatingly cool series."

From the Publisher
"A one session rocket of a thriller."—Financial Times, Best Books of 2012"

The novel begins literally with a bang and never lets up. His writing manages to be both economical and evocative. Pure genius."
Shawna Seed, The Dallas Morning News"

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"

Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer and THE RIGHT HAND is a roller coaster of a novel."—Jeff Abbott, author of the New York Times bestseller Adrenaline and The Last Minute"

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"

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"

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

Library Journal
Austin Clay does deep-secret jobs for the government, the latest being to hunt for a missing American operative outside Moscow. Soon, he's teamed with a woman who's convinced that there's a mole somewhere in the U.S. government. Hollywood screenwriter Haas (e.g., 3:10 to Yuma) is editor of PopcornFiction.com, which presents short stories by top novelists and screenwriters.
Kirkus Reviews
Once more to Moscow and the Russian tundra on a supersecret mission goes a solitary hero in a thriller that makes the familiar seem fresh. There's little in this book that thriller aficionados haven't encountered--agents who may be double agents, an attractive woman who holds vital information, and sources trustworthy and treacherous. From all this, author Haas (Dark Men, 2011, etc.) has crafted a lean and mean tale laced with wit, mordant insight and, at perfectly judged moments, flashes of sharp prose. The "right hand" of the title is Austin Clay, who carries out "covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence" is aware of his exploits. Shrewd perceptions and nearly superhuman agility and shooting skills keep Clay atop his game as he plays "dirty street chess, the kind played in Washington Square Park in New York…where half the game is guff, intimidation and smack." For the mission at hand, Clay's handler packs him off to Russia to learn what has happened to missing agent Blake Nelson, who may have become a double agent or may have been murdered. Once in Moscow, sources lead Clay to believe Marika Csontos, a missing 18-year-old nanny, may have been passing Nelson information about clandestine dealings between Iran and Russia. Deftly dispatching pursuing Russian agents, Clay heads to Vladivostok where he finds Marika, who of course, is attractive. The two head back to Russia--with more Soviet agents in pursuit--to search for Nelson. Screenwriter Haas (3:10 to Yuma) 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 in what clearly seems a series launch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316198486
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
165,013
File size:
975 KB

What People are saying about this

David Benioff
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|

Meet the Author

Derek Haas is the co-writer of the films The Double, Wanted, and 3:10 to Yuma, as well as the forthcoming action film The Courier. He is the creator and editor-in-chief of PopcornFiction.com, the acclaimed website devoted to genre short stories by screenwriters, and lives in Los Angeles.

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