G-man

G-man

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"A roaring good read."--FORBES.com

Master sniper Bob Lee Swagger returns in this riveting novel by bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter.

Ryan Philippe currently stars as Bob Lee Swagger on the hit USA Network series Shooter.

The Great Depression was marked by an epidemic of bank robberies and Tommy-gun-toting outlaws who became household names. Hunting them down was the new U.S. Division of Investigation--soon to become the FBI--which was determined to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced: Baby Face Nelson. To stop him, the Bureau recruited talented gunman Charles Swagger, World War I hero and sheriff of Polk County, Arkansas.

Eighty years later, Charles's grandson Bob Lee Swagger uncovers a strongbox containing an array of memorabilia dating back to 1934--a federal lawman's badge, a .45 automatic preserved in cosmoline, a mysterious gun part, and a cryptic diagram--all belonging to Charles Swagger. Bob becomes determined to find out what happened to his grandfather-- and why his own father never spoke of Charles. But as he investigates, Bob learns that someone is following him--and shares his obsession.

Told in alternating timeframes, G-Man is a thrilling addition to Stephen Hunter's bestselling Bob Lee Swagger series.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399574603
Branch Call Number: FIC Hunte
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 24 cm.

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stan_jetton
Aug 25, 2017

I have read Hunter for many years. This book is my favorite in recent years. Very creative in concept and story telling. loved it.

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esheehy
Aug 04, 2017

There's a big reveal about Bob Lee toward the end of the book that seems like it comes out of left field and then is just dropped and makes the reader wonder why it was brought up in the first place because it adds nothing to the narrative. Bob Lee's final confrontation with Baby Face made no sense given the facts of the actual gunfight that preceded it. Plus the logic behind why Bob Lee thought he had to re-write history to protect a colleague's reputation also made little sense. The story did inspire me to research the actual criminals and shoot-outs of the era. Baby Face Nelson was a true murderous psychopath. I loved Hunter's notes that he was inspired to write this story because he hated the movie Dillinger with Johnny Depp so much and knew he could tell a better story--and succeeded. Ignore the plot holes and just go along for the ride.

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USAF1969
Jun 12, 2017

I am a great fan of Stephen Hunter and his Swagger/Sniper books. This is a good one and well worth the read. As he has done of late, and unlike many other writers with serial heroes, Hunter continues to age Swagger and incorporate the ups and downs of that into his writing - Swagger is now 71 years old and has decided to take on the task of learning something about his grandfather. So the story layout goes back and forth between present time and a narrative from his grandfather's foray into fighting gangsters (hence the title G-MAN) and with a little early Mafia thrown in for good measure. Interesting narrative of a time past in which law-enforcement procedures were vastly different, of course. There is lots of gun lore in this book which will please gun-savvy people or which can be easily skimmed by for those who are not. Lots of historical characters included, albeit some with poetic license taken for sure. Have fun with this one!

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