The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

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7 Critic Reviews

...this is entertainment and Hunter’s Swagger is at least interesting if only two-dimensional.
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Synopsis

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.
 

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 January 15, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 498 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Third Bullet
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Nov 04 2012

An uneven thriller that’s unpersuasive as revisionist history...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 22 2012

...keeps the details about ballistics and weaponry accessible.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by C. Michael Bailey on Jun 06 2013

...this is entertainment and Hunter’s Swagger is at least interesting if only two-dimensional.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Dick Lochte on Jan 15 2013

...a solid, earth bound approach...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 17 2013

Some of Hunter’s best writing can be found here...

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Labrecque on Jan 09 2013

...if this is his last ride, he goes out with a bang.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Jan 28 2013

The Third Bullet builds to an explosive climax...

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