Title: The Silver Bear: A Novel
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 1933648449 Authors first novel. This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 003010
Synopsis: "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."
From Booklist: 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. --Thomas Gaughan
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