The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

Former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger investigates essentially the most enduring controversies of our time—the JFK assassination—in this New York Times bestselling “terrific mystery” (Booklist, starred review).

New York occasions and united states this day bestselling writer STEPHEN HUNTER takes on probably the most stunning crimes in American heritage while his celebrated hero ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger follows the smallest trace of a bring about its extraordinary conclusion—about the fateful 3rd bullet that ended the lifetime of President John F. Kennedy. . . .

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Truly, whatever occurred. essentially, Oswald’s conditions replaced, and his pondering and strategies replaced. Swagger indexed the issues that his unconscious had delivered to his cognizance: 3 unusual behaviors in a couple of minutes, from 12:20 to one p. m. , November 22. First, from abject disasters, Oswald makes a superb restoration and shoots at the president. Then he hands himself for a ninety-foot stroll throughout an empty room. With the manhunt tightening round him, he passes up a bus out of city and takes a huge threat to get domestic and arm himself back while he might have been armed all alongside. “Excuse me,” stated his seatmate. “I need to visit the toilet. ” “Sure,” stated Bob, and radio touch with station KLHO was once misplaced. the home seemed like a e-book, a narrow quantity packed right into a shelf of bigger, extra intimidating tomes. The others have been mansions set again from the brick sidewalks of Georgetown, less than the place’s looming elms, yet this humble residing was once like a ragged paperback squished among the heavier works. It was once a wood-frame, with white shingles and a mansard roof and a sidewalk round again, the place maybe a person as soon as equipped a modest backyard. The shutters have been black, the door used to be purple, the quantity 16 stood out in brass subsequent to it, and while he knocked, a guy his personal age replied. He placed out his hand. “Sergeant Swagger? Or do you wish ‘mister’? ” he requested. the guy seemed not going to were shot at and regarded cozy in a professorial approach; he wore corduroys, a blue button-down blouse, wire-rimmed glasses. His hair used to be a softly knotted up white, as though on a few bird’s breast. “Mr. Gardner, thanks. Bob is what I want. ” “Please, then, are available in. name me Harry. I’m more than happy approximately this. i like to discuss Dad. ” “That’s what”—Bob pointed out a name—“told me. ” the man named was once an editor within the Washington bureau of Newsweek, to whom Bob had prepared an creation through a mutual good friend, as the editor’s first e-book used to be known as the recent Heroes: The CIA’s First new release of chilly Warriors, a multi-biography of a few service provider stars of the postwar years. Gardner led Bob right into a well-furnished if outdated front room, revealing the house’s incredible intensity, then to a research covered with books. He taught at Georgetown college legislations institution a few blocks away. “Please, sit. espresso, whatever enhanced? ” “No, thanks. ” “I’ve been instructed you just about gained the Vietnam conflict single-handedly. ” “No sir. My one accomplishment used to be again roughly intact. the entire actually courageous males died over there. ” “I’m yes you’re too modest. I heard the notice ‘greatness’ whispered. ” “The whisper must have been ‘lucky previous crank. ’” Harry laughed. “Very stable resolution. besides, Dad. You desired to find out about Dad. He used to be a hero in his means to boot. ” “I comprehend. What placed me directly to your father have been different references to him within the New Heroes booklet. He used to be Boswell, the biographer. He prepare fictitious lives that the company forgers documented—legends, i suppose they’re known as within the trade—and as those fictitious males, our humans went out and penetrated or no less than operated in risky components.

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