The Third Bullet: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel (Mass Market)

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Bob Lee Swagger is up to his neck in espionage and life threatening danger as he investigates the death of a man in Baltimore by hit-and-run. Information results in the man just returning from Dallas asking pointed questions concerning the JFK assassination. Swagger chooses the same path to see where it will lead and finds himself inquiring systematically the true magic of bullet number three involved in the assassination. Designed to penetrate, not fly apart, Swaggers mystery is why the third bullet exploded and disintegrated on impact considering there was no ballistic principle for such a thing to happen. Upon looking into Lee Harvey Oswald's troublesome background Swagger decides to journey to Russia and attempt to uncover a counterplot involving the notorious Russian mob Izmaylovskaya. Knowing the American Justice Department would have to approve his allegations along with a task force with subpoena power, Bob Swagger decides to call his own shots and reveal his findings and disclose the truth.
Stephen Hunter returns with his latest effort The Third Bullet, which is a Bob Lee Swagger novel. The sniper character of Swagger has now appeared in a little more than a handful of novels for Hunter. Long term fans as well as brand new readers will enjoy this product of mixing strong historical facts with intriguing dangerous fiction. Suspense is the common thread that ties together Hunters knowledge of documented events and his familiarity of weapons. The hard edged characters that are sprinkled throughout set the tone of the novel and maintain the thrill to the very end.

— Mike, Albuquerque

January 2013 Indie Next List

“There is no shortage of books on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but Hunter has done what no one has previously done: supply a breathtaking new angle on the event. While staying true to the underlying facts of the Warren Commission Report, Hunter adds a layer of historical fiction, creating a new theory of the events of that day. Swagger hunts the mastermind behind a second assassin who supplies the third, and fatal, bullet. As Swagger focuses on the shooter and closes in on the mastermind, the mastermind, in turn, hunts him. A heart-pounding thriller!”
— Bill Bauer, Redbery Books, Cable, WI


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

Bestselling author Stephen Hunter takes on one of the most shocking crimes in American history when his celebrated hero ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger follows the smallest hint of a lead to its staggering conclusion—about the fateful third bullet that ended the life of President John F. Kennedy.

About the Author

Stephen Hunter has written over twenty 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781451640229
ISBN-10: 1451640226
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Bob Lee Swagger