Bob Lee Swagger has seen - and delivered - dozens of deaths. As a United States Marine sniper in Vietnam, his astonishing accuracy with a rifle earned him the nickname "Bob the Nailer;" 20 years later he was forced to kill again to unravel a brutal conspiracy. Now happily secluded with his wife and young daughter in the Arizona desert, Bob believes all the killing is behind him. Until a young writer, Russ Pewtie, arrives at his door with troubling questions about the past.
40 years earlier, Swagger's father, a dedicated state trooper, was gunned down by two robbers in a sensational shoot-out just outside of Blue Eye, Arkansas. Faced with Russ' persistence and a desire to make peace with a father he never really knew, Swagger decides to discover what really happened that night long ago in Arkansas. But it soon becomes clear that powerful people don't want the truth uncovered - and Swagger must use all his combat skills and ruthless cunning just to survive.
Like the infrared "black light" that exposes a sniper's target in the dead of night, Swagger homes in on the shadowy figures desperate to keep the secret of his father's murder buried. And with the relentless pace that is Stephen Hunter's trademark, Black Light accelerates to its exhilarating climax - an explosion of gunfire that blasts open the secrets of two generations.
©1996 Stephen Hunter; (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
This is a fantastic novel, but not in an abridged version. I've read this book twice and looked long and hard for an unabridged version. Having no luck I decided to download this abridgment from Audible. Way too much back story was skipped. The reader barely gets to know the characters. Sam Vincent is presented as a drooling idiot and Bob Lee comes off as a cold killer with no emotion, almost a hitman. And what about that deputy, Peck? Sheesh, there's hardly any mention of him in the action scene in the woods, which is one of the most memorable parts of the novel. The abridgment nailed Peck as the slimeball he is but didn't give near enough story on him. He is, after all, the character you love to hate.
The narration isn't very good either. Bridges tries too hard with the whole "bravado" sound, resulting in volume ups and downs that keeps the listener constantly attatched to the radio controls.
This is a waste of an audible book credit in my opinion. Get the paperback version of this one. It is an excellent novel.
I'm from the South. I also lived in the North. I hear the differences in the accents. Being from the South, you grow up around Blacks and your ear gets tuned in to the "Southern Black" accent. I'm sorry to say that Beau Bridges' Southern accent sounds more Southern Black than Southern White, and his Southern Black is even worse. If he can't do any better than he did, he should just stick to a straight Beau Bridges' voice. For me, it took away from the book.I knew Earl was Bob Lee's father. The first time Beau Bridges did an Earl voice, I had to back up the CD to put in context who's voice it was suppose to be. Sounded to me just like a Southern Black person speaking. Actually it cracked me up at the time. I find it humorous listening to people not from the South trying to imitate a Southern accent.
You got to love what Stephen Hunter does with plot twists. This one has the listener/reader going until the end. Bob "The Nailer" is back and there is no end to the excitement. A very good listen that will keep you hanging.
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