The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

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

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

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All of it is going away if you happen to cross cowboy. ” Bob observed that Nick was once bluffing. It wasn’t so. useless, the professional will be simply as a lot a trophy as alive, rather if an FBI undercover placed him below via Nick’s supervision. And whoever he used to be, his identification will be his actual testimony and element to a subsequent step. “Do i've got your notice? ” “Please inform me you’ll set this up speedy. ” “It takes time, coordination among businesses. If he’s once you, he’s not likely to leave. We haven’t even noticed him but. We’ll placed a web round Richard and notice if he indicates. If we nail him, we’ll movement directly to your next step. i would like time from you. And sniper persistence. ” “He’ll decide up on that during seconds. ” “For God’s sake, you—” “It’ll ensue overdue, no site visitors, no pedestrians. the following day evening, close to Dealey, in a few alley. He likes alleys. Have a rolling crew organize, get there quick, and it’s your crime scene. It’ll be your kill. ” “Or your dying. ” “This man ran down a good guy who by no means did something other than pay his taxes and teach his childrens. Broke his backbone in an alley. Now let’s see him test that trick opposed to a few genuine festival. I won’t mislead you, Nick. I’m not likely to sit down right here during this goddamn room consuming chinese language and rereading books for the 10th time. It’s no longer my nature. My nature is the quest. ” Nick acknowledged, “I can’t authorize this. ” “I’m your undercover. You get the entire credits. ” “I’m striking up. i will not authorize this. ” “But you won't decide me up, correct? ” “Agh,” stated Nick in frustration. He hung up. Swagger went to the closet and got rid of his small in a single day bag from in the back of the spare blanket, feeling the heaviness inside of. He opened it, deciding upon up the stainless steel Kimber . 38 great, taking reassurance from the well-known strains of the 1911 platform as designed by way of John M. Browning over a century in the past, with its twenty-three-degree grip attitude, its flatness, its ergonomic genius of defense and slide-release placement created in a global the place the observe “ergonomics” hadn’t been invented. It used to be already cocked and locked, for what used to be the purpose of getting a pistol in case you couldn’t shoot it speedy? He knew that 9 hardball +P Winchester 130-grainers have been within the magazine and a 10th within the chamber, bullets that had their very own speed attributes, relocating out at 1300 with adequate juice to puncture glass or steel and stick with it the straightaway for a killing shot. The gun had a familiarity; its historical body used to be of the suitable width and boasted the ideal relation of grip to bore in order that whilst it got here handy, it went on element obviously. Bob slipped a velocity scabbard, a minimalist concealment holster that yielded pistol to attract in a flash, on his belt, besides a magazine pouch that already hid mags. He cinched his belt, then slid the pistol into the holster in order that it rested 3 inches at the back of the purpose of his hip yet flat opposed to his physique. He wear his khaki coat to hide it. Then he placed his fortunate greenback in his pocket. His fortunate greenback used to be 4 quarters Scotch-taped jointly. within the pocket, the 4 cash provided steadying weight, but when he needed to draw, he’d provide it a swat, and the heaviness of the cash could pull the coat again and transparent and directly, offering the pistol to a similar hand that got here again to grab and install it.

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