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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316198463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316198462
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

CIA operative Austin Clay—known in the Agency as the Right Hand, because the left hand can’t know what he’s doing—is just the kind of asset every spy organization wants: a smart and effective tracker and killer with his own sense of right and wrong. When he’s assigned to find an American agent missing from his Moscow office, Clay finds that Marika Csontos, a young Hungarian woman who inadvertently learned Russian secrets, is involved. Soon Clay is on a chase across Europe trying to get Marika to safety, find the high-level traitor who’s been selling out the CIA for decades, and prevent an assassination inside the organization. With his skills honed by an abysmal childhood, Clay operates outside the lines, ignoring orders when necessary to get the job done—and get it done he does. Screenwriter Haas, author of the three Silver Bear books and screenplays including 3:10 to Yuma, 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. --Michele Leber

Review

"A one-session rocket of a thriller."—Financial Times, Best Books of the Year

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

"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

"Cinematic...THE RIGHT HAND never lets up."—Shawna Seed, Dallas Morning News

"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

"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

"This hard-edged contemporary spy thriller from Haas covers a lot of ground with great narrative economy. 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."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"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

PRAISE FOR DEREK HAAS:

"A devastatingly cool series."—New York Times Book Review, on THE ASSASSIN TRILOGY

More About the Author

Derek Haas is the author of THE RIGHT HAND, THE SILVER BEAR, COLUMBUS, and DARK MEN. Derek also wrote the screenplays with his partner Michael Brandt for 3:10 TO YUMA, WANTED, and THE DOUBLE. He is the co-creator of the NBC show CHICAGO FIRE and developed, writes and produces CHICAGO PD. Derek lives in Los Angeles. Follow Derek on twitter @derekhaas or facebook friend him.

Customer Reviews

This is a great, action packed read.
Amazon Customer
The background story of the lead character felt a little predictable, but aside from that the story was engaging.
Antonio
I have read enough books like this to see the same thing but this one impressed around every turn.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Doug on November 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The main character in 'The Right Hand' is a black ops specialist doing the dirty work which the CIA either won't or can't publicly acknowledge. The story has lots of snappy dialogue, gun battles, car chases, double-crossing bad guys, surprise twists and turns, and an heroic effort by the hero of the story to permanently find and punish the traitors who are selling U.S. secrets to a recovering Russian spy aparatus. If you enjoyd Haas' earlier efforts (The Silver Bear, Columbus, & Dark Men) I believe you will not be disappointed in choosing 'The Right Hand.'
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By plane on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Derek Haas has created a "different" CIA operative with The Right Hand. Austin Clay works for the CIA, but not with other agents. He is on his own with the single exception of his handler in executing his assignments. These are generally covert operations that are outside of what is normal CIA work. He operates as he sees fit in accomplishing his work, and has a reputation of the left hand (remainder of the CIA) not knowing what the right hand (Clay) is doing. Clay, as a young man, was subjected to virtual imprisonment for eight years on his uncle's boat after becoming an orphan. His personality is formed within the framework of abusive treatment, and eventual escape from his uncle. In this first Clay novel he is handed the assignment of rescuing a captured CIA agent being held in Russia. Events quickly move to the discovery of a young woman who unwittingly was connected to the imprisoned agent and knows the reason for his capture. Clay finds the girl as a possible means of tracing the whereabouts of the agent While proceeding he begins to experience protective feelings about the young lady, but realizes that he is too old for her. He is also too involved in his work to consider romance. But he does dedicate himself to making sure she is removed from danger showing a compassionate side for exploration in future books. Haas sketches Clay quite well, and the reader will understand a little of his conflicting feelings as he continues to work on his assignment. A book that is difficult to put down and a feeling that the ending is in keeping with the events depicted and satisfying for the reader.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Olmstead on November 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This has to be Derek Haas's best book yet. I got my copy in the mail yesterday and read it straight through...which I would recommend to all of you ! Great characters and fast paced doesn't even describe it...I was on the edge of my lazy boy the whole time.
The plot was intricate, but notconfusing like some spy novels I have read
Have read all of his books, now await the next one. They are all a treat to read
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up from the library display and the opening caught my attention, but the book went downhill from there. The main character seems to go from encounter to encounter without much explanation or color. A robotic killer. At one point there is a scene change that you had to guess had happened. I wanted to like this book but gave up after 50 pages.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By vadreads on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read and thoroughly enjoyed the Silver Bear trilogy by Derek Haas and had looked forward reading his most recent book, "The Right Hand." My conclusion, at its conclusion, is that "The Right Hand" is a novel that is little more than a barely fleshed out movie script. It is difficult to believe that this, Haas' fourth book, was actually written by the same person who created the Silver Bear series. "The Right Hand" would make a great and forgettable action movie, complete with special effects. Unfortunately, action is all that Haas offers - Haas gives us no sense of place and little characterization. A disappointing read at best. Were it possible to give this book a 2.5 star rating, I would have done so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Buffy on December 9, 2012
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When you're a mystery/thriller obsessive you're often forced to go through long periods of reading books you just can't finish because they're SO predictable, formulaic, poorly written, unbelievable, and/or all of the above. The Right Hand broke one of these dry and dusty spells for me with its fabulous character development, unique plot and pacing and spellbinding believability. Then raced to my computer to find and buy all the rest of DerekHaas's brilliance. HIGHLY recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
CIA leadership recognizes that field operative Austin "Right Hand" Clay is one of their best assets though no one would admit this revelation as he handles the most covert dirty jobs in which the government denies involvement. In other words he is the ultimate in the cold agent who the left hand spy agencies deny knowing what The Right Hand is doing; as his section consists of Clay and his handler of three years Andrew Stedding.

His current assignment is to bring in missing Blake Nelson, dead or alive. Nelson who works in Moscow has failed to make contact in five days and the brass fear he may have turned greedy. Clay quickly learns Hungarian Marika Csontos has become a target for elimination by enemies who need to insure she remains silent as she accidently has uncovered top Russian secrets including a traitor selling America out for decades and an assassin targeting inside the organization.

The Right Hand is an exhilarating espionage thriller starring a hero who does the dirty jobs outside the law. Early on Clay's black ops outside the law persona is set when he confronts Beto who has Intel connections. Filled with incredible action, fans will enjoy The Right Hand as he goes after traitors and enemy operatives with no regard to his safety or the law.

Harriet Klausner
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