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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Derek Haas Narrator: Kevin Stillwell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meet Austin Clay, the CIA’s best-kept secret.

There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality—covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. The left hand can’t know what the right hand is doing.

Austin Clay is that right hand, executing missions that would be disavowed by his own government were he ever to be compromised. His team consists of only his trusted handler and himself. His missions are among the most important and dangerous in US history.

Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Soon he discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the US government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy.

With a blistering pace, international intrigue, and a high-stakes plot that spans continents, The Right Hand introduces a new hero, from the novelist whose work the New York Times Book Review has proclaimed “devastatingly cool.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer, and The Right Hand is a roller coaster of a novel.”

    Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A one-session rocket of a thriller.”

    Financial Times, Best Books of 2012

  • “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’ 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)

  • “The novel begins literally with a bang and never lets up. His writing manages to be both economical and evocative. Pure genius.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “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.”


  • “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.”

    South Florida Sun Sentinel

  • “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

  • A Financial Times Best Book of the Year, 2012
  • A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller
  • A Kirkus Reviews u201cNew and Notable Titleu201d, November 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine Decker | 12/18/2013

    " intense and good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori Fisher | 12/7/2013

    " Not quite as good as the Silver Bear trilogy, but a fun, fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Shawn | 9/17/2013

    " I got really tired of reading "the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing" over and over again. We get it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 8/24/2013

    " Not bad, but the sauce needs to simmer more. Character development seems to take place in the last third of the book. Nice tone throughout, but a bit skimpy in the meat. "

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