The Silver Bear (Silver Bear Series #1)

The Silver Bear (Silver Bear Series #1)

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933648446
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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)

About the Author

Derek Haas is the author of the novels The
Silver Bear, Columbus, and Dark Men, which make up The Assassin Trilogy, as well as the novel A Different Lie,also featuring Columbus.
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. Derek is the creator of and lives in Los Angeles with his family.

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Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Columbus (called for his proficiency Silver Bear) is a professional hitman. Unlike Rain (another famous book character) he is not semi-official assassin (he is not extensively used by this or that government agency). He is a cold blooded professional working for whoever can pay him, made ruthless by his very occupation were trust means betrayal and where affection means Achilles¿ heel. He is not a positive guy ¿ he is very negative, sometimes even madly violent man. But he has an avenger-like attitude and mostly aims the criminals.Very disturbing voyage into very disturbing world of underground ¿ where life is measured only in how much money will it cost to take it away. Another novel with the same main character is expected to be published sometime in 2009/2010. Looking forward to see how Columbus ends up.Very interesting story, recommended.
shawnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced thriller with a professional hit-man as the main character. It reminds one of the Parker novels by Richard Stark. There were many unexpected twists and turns, suprises in who survives, who dies, who is on who's side, and the like. It takes place around the world, so varied geography and a set of interesting characters are here to delve into. The main character is believable, although the back-story on how he and his 'handler' got to where they are is overbaked and repetitive. Just over 200 taut pages, it should be a fast read but there's enough complexity to slow it down. A confident, detailed story with all the guns, violence, twists and turns--although a few flaws regresses it to just above the mean for works of this type. The title is poorly done, potentially a 'creation', perhaps a real term but really has no meaning to the story itself.
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 '