The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

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

New York instances and united states this present day bestselling writer STEPHEN HUNTER takes on probably the most surprising crimes in American heritage while his celebrated hero ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger follows the smallest trace of a result in its spectacular conclusion—about the fateful 3rd bullet that ended the lifetime of President John F. Kennedy. . . .

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A farmhouse, a suburban storage, one other brothel, the rear of a pawnshop, on and on, for what appeared weeks yet used to be shy of 1. Time doesn’t fly while you’re now not having enjoyable. He lived in a chilly fusion of nerves and shallow sleep, figuring out in his center of hearts that he used to be precisely the place no guy might be, hunted in a rustic whose language he didn’t communicate, whose streets he didn’t be aware of, and whose tradition baffled him. He knew additionally: i'm too previous for this. however it used to be something he needed to do. He had given his note. loopy with honor? Nah. obdurate used to be all, an outdated crank’s privilege. nutrients used to be introduced or obtained, yet nowhere in the complete intricate constitution of break out and evasion used to be there a funds financial system, and not anyone sought after or might settle for money. at the 7th day, he used to be brought to a bar and informed “fourth sales space. ” He entered a gloomy position filled with sour, remoted drinkers, stumbled on his approach in the course of the low lights and the cigarette smoke, slid into sales space no. four, and certainly, there has been Stronski. “My friend,” acknowledged Stronski. “Still alive through the narrowest of margins. They’re looking you all over the place. ” “Do we all know who ‘they’ are? ” “Powerful enemy, whoever. The Izmaylovskaya have referred to as in loads of favors and basically regulate a wide a part of the police apparat. You by no means be aware of which cop is your pal, respectable, sincere man, and that's Izzy, who will make a choice and ship the killers in your tail in a moment. the most factor is, we need to get you out of the following. this is why i've got you moved round, wait till the newness of manhunt has worn off and watchers aren’t so watchful. ” Swagger nodded. “Good process. ” “I think,” Stronski acknowledged, “now it’s stable to move. You leisure this night, the next day you can be taken to truck backyard and hidden in long-distance trailer north, out of Moscow. lengthy journey, my buddy, over 700 miles. You’ll make it out smooth course at the Finnish border. i've got buddies there too. Finland, Sweden, you domestic secure with hot thoughts of mom Russia. ” “No,” acknowledged Swagger. “No? What the fuck, brother? Is it cash? No funds. It’ll fee you not anything! This isn’t approximately cash, at the very least your cash. this is often company. I again you, I offer you my loyalty, it doesn't matter what it expenditures temporary, humans need to recognize Stronski could be relied on. That’s my long term. I obtained you into Lubyanka, I’ll get you out of Russia, everybody says you visit Stronski, you get what you bargained for. he's guy of belief. In my enterprise, that’s funds within the financial institution. ” “That’s now not it. I nonetheless have company the following. There’s a final element that should be nailed down, and I’m no longer leaving till I’ve nailed it. ” “Swagger, are you nuts? those Izzy birds are gunning to kill you. they aren't going away quickly. they are going to in time song you down, it has to ensue. an individual will see, an individual will name, gunmen will express. Don’t subject if you’re in great eating place, in park, in orphanage, it don’t topic. In they arrive, blazing, killing any and all within the means, and that’s you at the flooring, leaking. not anyone desires to leak. ” “I don’t are looking to leak. yet I can’t circulation on until I disguise yet one more factor.

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