I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter
A Bob Lee Swagger Novel (Bob Lee Swagger Novels)

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Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose ninety-three kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics, and forensics to motive, means, and opportunity. Maybe it's a little too perfect.

Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy -- one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals. As Swagger penetrates the deepest secrets of the sniper world and its new technology, Nick stands firm in the face of hardball PR initiatives and an inflamed media calling for his ouster.

Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them.

I, Sniper will satisfy Stephen Hunter's legions of fans and win him droves of new ones with its signature blend of brilliant plotting, vivid characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and extraordinary gunfights. And when Swagger and the last of his antagonists finally face each other, reenacting a classic ritual of arms, it is clear that at times there's nothing more necessary than a good man with a gun and the guts to use it.
 

About Stephen Hunter

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Stephen Hunter is the author of eighteen novels, including I, Sniper and Point of Impact. In 2003 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism for his work at The Washington Post, where he retired as chief film critic. He has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work about the attempted assassination of Harry Truman, American Gunfight.
 
Published December 29, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Crime. Fiction

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Asked by FBI good guy Nick Memphis to help with the investigation, Bob Lee soon proves himself right while proving to others that no dark-and-dirty conspiracy, no matter how powerfully mounted, is safe so long as there are knightly snipers to keep the faith.

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Bestseller Hunter keeps Bob Lee Swagger, his home-spun, hard-charging hero, doing what Swagger does best in his sixth novel to feature the former Marine sniper: thwarting the authorities, staying loyal to a disappearing code of honor and hunting down evildoers who deserve everything they get.

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Swagger is legendary in his circles, and thus on occasion is dragged --- either by himself or by others --- back into the fray, notwithstanding his desire to live well and quietly and to enjoy the fruits of his quieter labors.

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The Bookbag

But with I, Sniper, Stephen Hunter has managed to combine the art of the sniper with the art of the crime thriller in a decent read.

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Oregon Live

Like his legendary protagonist, Bob Lee Swagger, Stephen Hunter no longer has the time, or feels the need, to fire a diplomatic warning shot when it's payback time.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press.

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Spinetingler Magazine

He’s drawn in to what seems to be a cut-and-dried case when four well-known protesters, including a Jane Fonda look-alike, are shot at long range apparently by another Marine sniper named Carl Hitchcock who is later found, a suicide, in a motel room.

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Star News Online

The Times quoted thriller author Brad Thor as saying of Beck, “He's our Oprah.”I mention this because I just finished “I, Sniper,” the sixth Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter – and if I didn't know better, the book reads as if it were designed – almost desperately – to get Hunter on ...

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