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The silver bear, Derek Haas

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The silver bear
Title
The silver bear
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Derek Haas
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eng
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Unencumbered by morals that would compromise his ruthless tactics, professional assassin Columbus becomes a formidable underworld ruler through a series of creative hits before targeting a presidential candidate with whom Columbus's prostitute mother had been involved
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  • He's known only as Columbus, and he's a contract killer. He lives only in the present; his past is a horror, and only a whimsical God controls the future. In his narrow world, he's a star, what Russian criminals call a silver bear; he never fails, and he seems immune to the stresses of his work. But his next job will be his toughest. Kill the Speaker of the House, who is also a leading presidential candidate—and Columbus' father. Columbus narrates his own story, alternately describing his preparations to kill and a tragic youth of abusive foster homes and juvenile detention. Much of the book is engaging, and the body count is more than adequate, but ultimately The Silver Bear strains credulity too many times (e.g., in scenes of Columbus' recruitment into contract murder and in the number of times he is shot but still makes his getaway). But foreign rights have already been sold in England, Italy, and Germany, and this one is likely to attract a lot of attention. Not a bull's-eye, to be sure, but still worth a look. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 05-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 18, p25)
  • Screenwriter Haas's debut features a darkly compelling narrator. When a young hit man who refers to himself as “Columbus” learns his next job is to assassinate presidential candidate Abe Mann, Columbus is not taken aback so much by Mann's national prominence as he is by the key role Mann once played in Columbus's past. Soon Columbus realizes that those behind the plot appear to be setting somebody else up as well—himself. The suspense builds as Columbus goes about his business, all the while detailing his accomplishments, his acuity, his nerve, his intelligence. Then he does something so unlikely that the reader immediately realizes that whatever the author intended, this is a narrator too unreliable to listen to, much less trust. Still, those looking for a downbeat political fable during the current election season may be satisfied. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 12, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 19, p36)
  • Haas (cowriter of the screenplay 3:10 to Yuma ) introduces readers to a new killer-for-hire in his character Columbus, an orphan who never knew his parents. When Columbus is hired to bump off the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, the underworld that was his adoptive home turns against him, and he must use all his skills as a consummate assassin to survive the assignment. Well written, fast-paced, and engaging, this debut thriller seamlessly interweaves scenes from the past with the present to give a thrilling account of a professional killer at his peak, what the Russians call a "Silver Bear." The cross-country hunt is a fast read; fans of James Patterson and Jeffrey Deaver will enjoy. Recommended for public libraries.—Colleen S. Harris, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga Lib. --Colleen S. Harris (Reviewed May 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 9, p90)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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 her in 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. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
272535
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YDXCP
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1970-
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Haas, Derek
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
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novels
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True
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Silver bear thrillers
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0001
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Assassins
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The silver bear, Derek Haas
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672261
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books edition.
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9781933648446
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The silver bear, Derek Haas
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
672261
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books edition.
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9781933648446
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781933648446
  • (OCoLC)268794112

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