The Third Bullet: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 15, 2013 - Fiction - 485 pages
30 Reviews
Bob Lee Swagger is back in a thriller fifty years in the making . . .

Itís not even a clue. Itís 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 itís 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 heís 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 presidentís 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, Swaggerís life is an insignificant expenseóbut to blunt the threat, heíll first have to ambush the sniper.

As each man hunts the other across todayís 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: itís never too late for justice.
  

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Review: The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger #8)

User Review  - Walk - Goodreads

It has a tricksy self-regarding start which had me close to pulling the plug on this one before it even began. My recent Hunter reading experiences having been decidedly below par. Luckily it improved ... Read full review

Review: The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger #8)

User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

The Third Bullet is by Stephen Hunter. It deals with events surrounding the Kennedy assassination and the conspiracy theories. James Aptapton was an author and he loved his alcohol. One evening he was ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
26
Section 4
46
Section 5
65
Section 6
78
Section 7
86
Section 8
95
Section 23
307
Section 24
314
Section 25
326
Section 26
339
Section 27
347
Section 28
351
Section 29
359
Section 30
368

Section 9
128
Section 10
139
Section 11
159
Section 12
169
Section 13
193
Section 14
208
Section 15
222
Section 16
227
Section 17
244
Section 18
251
Section 19
260
Section 20
275
Section 21
279
Section 22
288
Section 31
373
Section 32
392
Section 33
397
Section 34
402
Section 35
412
Section 36
418
Section 37
425
Section 38
428
Section 39
441
Section 40
451
Section 41
455
Section 42
457
Section 43
463
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About the author (2013)

Stephen Hunter has written†eighteen novels. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work, American Gunfight. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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