Night of Thunder: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

By Stephen Hunter

New York Times bestselling writer Stephen Hunter sends former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger deep into the guts of NASCAR kingdom during this action-packed thriller.

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Woe unto he who crosses Bob Lee Swagger, specially whilst his daughter’s lifestyles is at stake. compelled off the line and right into a crash that leaves her in a coma, clinging to existence, reporter Nikki Swagger had started to peel again the onion of a Southern-fried-conspiracy effervescent with the entire angst, resentment, and disorder that Dixie gangsters can muster. An historical, violent crime extended family, a probably corrupt legislation enforcement constitution, gunmen of all stripes and shapes, and deranged evangelicals rear their grotesque heads and should stay to rue the day they certain the inaccurate man’s daughter. It’s what you name your big-time undesirable profession movement. it all is decided opposed to the backdrop of pleasure and madness that just a weeklong NASCAR occasion can carry to the backwoods of a city as possible sleepy as Bristol, Tennessee.

A grasp on the most sensible of his online game, Hunter offers a bunch of exciting new purposes to learn as quickly as we will. whilst Swagger choices up peeling the place his daughter left off, and his quick sword of justice is set free, we discover a real American hero in his such a lot wonderful motion so far. And—in the shape of Brother Richard, a self-decreed “Sinnerman” out of the outdated fire-and-brimstone tradition—Hunter deals up his so much diabolical, attractive villain but. A triumph of tale, personality, and magnificence, Night of Thunder is Stephen Hunter at his best possible.

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And lots of the folks that just do wish anything from you, from a signature to an funding. all of them appear to have fancy haircuts, too. Don’t belief a guy with a complicated haircut, all smoothed up like cake frosting, you recognize. Hell, I simply force autos round in a circle, don’t even get to move nowhere! I prove correct the place i began, what’s the goddamn aspect! ” Bob smiled on the shaggy dog story and the boy attempted one other one. “If this don’t figure out, i suppose I’ll head again to the gasoline station. ” “Son, from the appearance of it, it’s figuring out swell. ” The boy grinned, happy to have inspired a real hero. “So some distance, so sturdy. The automobiles don’t crunch up loads not more, and that i take crunching up heavily since it positioned my granddaddy in a wheelchair for the final sixty years of his existence. and so they don’t burn a lot not more neither, that’s the simplest factor. My daddy burned to loss of life in a single, so I take burning heavily. in any case, because you don’t are looking to inform me how damned nice i'm, that tells me you ain’t no ass-kiss haircut the following who wishes unfastened tix. Or no company comfortable hander wishes me at a dinner party with a few of the consumers the place I stand round all bashful-like and the lads arise and puppy me like a few type of cuddly critter. Hate all that shit, however it is part of the company. So we're getting off to a very good commence. Now you inform me how i will be able to assist you. I’m guessing it don’t contain placing at the firesuit and shaking loads of arms. ” “Nor placing frosting on your hair, nor getting petted a lot. ” “I’m liking this larger n’ higher. ” “Yes sir, good, i am hoping I won’t take an excessive amount of of a while. ” “Let me get purple Nichols in the following, my staff leader. He’s forgot greater than i do know. He was once my daddy’s staff leader too. ” “Sure. ” whereas Matt MacReady received out a cellphone to name pink, a stunning girl—say, the child was once doing good! —came out and provided Bob a chilly drink. Bob took a bottle of juice, and beautiful quickly the door opened, and a guy Bob’s age, wrinkled and greasy, got here in. “Red, meet Bob Lee Swagger, of the true USMC. ” “Mr. Swagger, an honor, sir. i used to be a motor mechanic past due in Vietnam and that i heard of the well-known Bob the Nailer. ” “That previous bastard is long past. It’s simply an outdated guy with a nasty leg right here at the present time. ” “Matt, you know he run simply as difficult as you, distinction is, humans taking pictures at him. so that you brain your manners round him. ” “I will,” acknowledged Matt. “I have already got Mr. Swagger marked down as a major southern guy, no longer a haircut with a soft-gal handshake. ” “Well, let’s see if we will be able to support him a few. ” And so Bob laid it out, fast as he might, freed from nuance. What had occurred to his daughter, what the police made from it, his personal concerns, his selection to spend $2,700 to have Dewey’s photo-recon the line, the arriving of the images over a fax transmission a number of hours in the past. “So my wish is, you could examine the skid marks and make feel of them for me. It feels like poultry scratches to me. I determine you’ve noticeable skid marks earlier than, you know the way vehicles behave at excessive velocity, brakes on, brakes off, how they skid, flip, wobble, move over.

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