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Dark Men: A Silver Bear Thriller (Silver Bear Thrillers) Hardcover – December 15, 2011
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"At the start of Haas's solid third Silver Bear thriller, the assassin known as Columbus has retired. Then Columbus learns that his former fence, Archibald Grant, has been kidnapped, and that a ransom note demands Columbus's return. Poetic prose helps propel a plot... keeps readers guessing throughout." - Publisher's Weekly
"When push comes to shove, the bullets don't just fly. They find their targets." - New Jersey Star Ledger
"The assassin who calls himself Columbus and plies his trade in a devastatingly cool series is back. It's a pleasure to watch him go up against an adversary with a modus operandi even more diabolical than his own." - The New York Times
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 PopcornFiction.com and lives in Los Angeles with his family.
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Derek brings a unique voice and imagination often missing with many of today's storytellers. Dark Men grabbed me, and kept me coming back for more. This book is well spun. If you love suspense, action, or simply enjoy watching Tom the Cat occasionally get the upper hand over Jerry, Dark Men is for you.
Bravo Derek and what's next!
Perth, Western Australia
One day, while shopping in the village, Columbus notices a man following him and when he faces the man, finds out that his former fence, Archibald Grant (the person that finds work for assassins) has been kidnapped and a ransom note was left stating: Bring Columbus home, or you'll get Grant back in a way you won't like. Columbus and Rosina travel back to Chicago to find Archie and see who wants him back in the city and why. He finds that it is very difficult to escape his past and meets up with a few really odd folks who are connected with Archie's kidnapping. These people are hit men and women too and have some extremely different styles of living. Columbus has to deal with these people while trying to find Archie and starts eliminating people until eventually coming face to face with the culprit. There is a lot of action and when the reader finds out the identity of the Dark Men it's a bit of a surprise.
This book is very fast-paced and you have to pay attention not to lose the many clues left for Columbus. The author, Derek Haas, has also written The Silver Bear and Columbus featuring this main character and also writes screenplays such as 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted. Also, adding to Mr. Haas' writing credits is a film entitled The Double, that is available as one of the best of 2011 starring, among others, Richard Gere and Martin Sheen. Mr. Haas is a master in keeping everyone guessing as to who is doing what to who. A great story for all mystery/thriller fans.
I would have given this book 5 stars if the plot line hadn't gone in that direction. But other than that and even with my objections , this book is a very different but enjoyable read than most assassin type books.
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