RED RIGHT HAND by Chris Holm


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A fast-moving novel featuring the return of hit-man hitter and antihero Michael Hendricks (The Killing Kind, 2015).

Tourist Jake Reston takes a video of his family with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Suddenly, a tugboat crashes into the bridge and explodes, causing massive damage and an unknown number of casualties. CNN obtains Reston’s video of the disaster and televises it repeatedly. A bystander happens to appear briefly in the video. It’s Frank Segreti, thought to be long dead by the Council, an umbrella alliance of organized crime groups. An incredulous Council member says, “This doesn’t make any sense. We blew Segreti’s ass up seven years ago,” so “how’d he just end up on my TV?” Meanwhile, Hendricks wants to take down the Council, the Council wants to find Segreti and kill him again, and Segreti wants to get far away from the scene of the blast, for which the unknown “True Islamic Caliphate” immediately takes responsibility. FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson wants to protect Segreti, a federal witness, but is ordered to focus on the investigation of the bridge blast. A woman named Cameron wants to help Hendricks “stop bad guys” because he’d previously killed the man who’d been hired to off Cameron’s mother. A Council bad guy named Chet Yancey interrogates Reston about the man in the video. Meanwhile, there's Sal Lombino, who is “solely responsible for executing Council orders” and is known as the “Devil’s Red Right Hand.” Unfortunately, bad person though Lombino is, he doesn’t seem to earn his terrifying nickname. It’s a complicated story with a few twists—nothing stunning but entertaining enough. Readers will root for Hendricks, even though he’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, because he has a more solid moral code than your average murderer.

A good choice for thriller fans.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-316-25956-9
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Mulholland Books/Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016


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