“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.
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.
Hunter's outstanding 10th Bob Lee Swagger novel (after 2014's Sniper's Honor) takes readers back to the gangster days of the 1930s. In the present, Swagger investigates the murky past of his grandfather, Charles, a hard, taciturn man who spent most of his life as the sheriff of Polk County, Ark. Flashbacks reveal that Charles was also a skilled marksman who took a leading role in the Justice Department's 1934 manhunt for bank robbers John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and, most importantly, the frighteningly violent Les Gillis (aka Baby Face Nelson). The problem for Swagger is the lack of any record of Charles ever working as a G-man, though there's ample rumor and hearsay that he was deeply immersed in the campaign to hunt down and kill the outlaws. Hunter's skilled ear for dialogue and idiom has never been better, and some of the action scenes especially a chapter describing the famous robbery of the Merchants National Bank in South Bend, Ind., on June 30, 1934 are as elegant as they are disturbing. Eight-city author tour.
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Like fine wine
Stephen Hunter, and the Swagger family are like a fine wine. The older Bob Lee gets, and the more that we learn about the Swagger family the better it gets. G-Man is one of S Hunter’s best!!!
I loved this book as it tied together historical facts and the plot of the novel into the storyline By the time you are done, you'll be asking yourself if this was what really happened! Very enjoyable and I look forward to reading more by this author.
Back and Current Years
Awkward reading. Didn’t make a lot of sense. Got half way thru and still am not sure what the point of the story.