The Silver Bear by Derek Haas
A Novel

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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."
 

About Derek Haas

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Derek Haasis the author of the novelsThe Silver BearandColumbus. Derek co-wrote the screenplays for3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, andWanted, starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie. His latest film,The Double, starred Richard Gere and Martin Sheen.Derek lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published July 15, 2008 by Pegasus Books. 216 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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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.

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I know Haas can’t redo this “origin” story, so the new book should go in a decidedly different direction, but I’m just not curious enough to look for it.

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Until I read the book, I didn’t know what a Silver Bear was.

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His paranoia is justified when, one day, he notices a suspicious man following him, and within days he’s back in Chicago trying to figure out why his old fence has been kidnapped and maybe even killed.

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He proved it with his first professional hit: a Fifth Circuit Court judge in Boston, executed with ...more Columbus is a hit man who never misses.

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