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Right Hand
by Derek Haas
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Mulholland, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The protagonist in Derek Haas' The Right Hand reminds me of Jason Bourne, except that while Bourne has amnesia, Austin Clay's painful memories of being raised by an abusive uncle have left him unconcerned for his own survival and made him able to do his black ops job effectively.

The story opens on the capture of CIA officer Blake Nelson in Russia. Then we meet Clay, doing his job and reporting to his handler. In cases where 'The left hand can't know what the right hand is doing', Austin Clay is that right hand for the U.S. government. Now he's assigned to find, and if possible retrieve, Nelson.

Seeking Nelson, Clay stumbles upon a trail the agent was following. It leads to Marika Csontos, an alluring young Hungarian nanny, who heard very dangerous secrets, secrets the Russian FSB will do anything to keep hidden. Now Marika has vanished along with Nelson. Clay doesn't get far before he's targeted too, and bodies start piling up in his explosive wake.

Clay finally does track down Marika, but then refuses to obey orders to trade her for Nelson. Instead he works to foil the plot that she overheard, involving Russian asset Snow Wolf. And though he succeeds, it's not over till it's over. The Right Hand is a fast-paced cinematic spy thriller - if you enjoy the Bourne or Mission Impossible series, you don't want to miss this one.

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