The Third Bullet
Bob Lee Swagger is back in a thriller fifty years in the making . . . It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former... show more
Bob Lee Swagger is back in a thriller fifty years in the making . . . It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time. Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before: Why did the third bullet explode? Why did Lee Harvey Oswald, about to become the most hunted man on earth, risk it all by returning to his rooming house to secure a pistol he easily could have brought with him? How could a conspiracy that went unpenetrated for fifty years have been thrown together in the two and a half days between the announcement of the president’s route and the assassination itself? As Bob investigates, another voice enters the narrative: knowing, ironic, almost familiar, that of a gifted, Yale-educated veteran of the CIA Plans Division. Hugh Meachum has secrets and the means and the will to keep them buried. When weighed against his own legacy, Swagger’s life is an insignificant expense—but to blunt the threat, he’ll first have to ambush the sniper. As each man hunts the other across today’s globe and through the thickets of history, The Third Bullet builds to an explosive climax that will finally prove what Bob Lee Swagger has always known: it’s never too late for justice.
Publish date: January 15th 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Bob Lee Swagger (#8)
Bob Lee Swagger appears to come full circle in The Third Bullet. His first adventure, Point of Impact, involved an assassination with a patsy who was cast in the Lee Harvey Oswald role. Now a much older Bob investigates the Kennedy assassination itself, and gets caught up in events beyond a conspira...
This is the 8th Bob Lee Swagger novel, and it is a wonderful capstone to the series. Each time I have read one of these, I am left wondering if I am reading the last of the series, and over and over again Stephen Hunter happily confounds my expectations with one more terrific story. This novel is ...