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From acclaimed author and screenwriter Derek Haas comes a unique and thrilling twist on a family story—what happens when an elite assassin becomes a father?
Now a new dad, the infamous Silver Bear finds himself staying up late to give a bottle and changing diapers—all while leading the double life of a contract killer. The struggle is not with his conscience. He enjoys his gig. But a child forces him to weigh selfishness versus safety. Continue in his line of work, and he’ll always wonder if he's putting his child’s life at risk. His partner, Risina, serves as his fence. Like Columbus, she’s good at her job and likes doing it. An unusual take on working motherhood . . .When the next assignment comes, both Columbus and Risina are surprised to find that the mark is another assassin: a brash, young man named Castillo. An assassin on the rise, he’s responsible for slaying of a high profile CEO. A guy so well-protected that the details of this hit are staggering, even to Columbus. And as Columbus closes in on his target, he realizes that Castillo is a younger version of himself. It's almost like looking in a mirror. Castillo has even studied Columbus' work.Yet as much as Columbus sees himself in this young man, his assignment is clear. Then, Castillo learns that his hero and unwitting mentor has a family—a revelation with enormous ramifications. Now that he knows Columbus’s weakness, he will go after it and exploit it. Just as Columbus would have done. . .
Derek Haas is the author of the novels The Silver Bear and Columbus. Derek co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and Wanted, starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie. His latest film, The Double, starred Richard Gere and Martin Sheen. Derek lives in Los Angeles.