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From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, the latest episode in his Swagger family saga - replete with Hunter's wicked suspense, vivid gun fights, and historical truths.

1934 was a pivotal year in the ongoing battle between the FBI and America's most famous outlaws - it was a year of giant personalities and huge shoot-outs, and it marked the deaths of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. But that year, FBI agent Sam Cowley's priority was to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago mob - Baby Face Nelson. To stop him, Cowley recruited the most talented gunman of the time - Charles Swagger.

When Bob Lee Swagger, now in Idaho, finally sells the land he owned in Arkansas, the developers begin to tear down the old homestead and uncover a steel case hidden in the foundation. The case contains a batch of 1934 memorabilia - a much-corroded FBI badge, a .45 automatic preserved in cosmoline, a gun clip, and a cryptic diagram, all belonging to Charles Swagger. Bob never knew his grandfather Charles, who died before he was he born, and his father Earl refuses to mention him. Fascinated by this new information, Bob is driven to find out what happened to his grandfather, and why his own father, whom he worshipped, never spoke of Charles. But as he investigates further, Bob learns that someone is following him, someone with his own obsession of finding out what Charles Swagger left behind.

©2017 Stephen Hunter (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great story

Thoroughly enjoyed. Great fantasy history. Cannot wait until the next story in the series. Highly recommend.

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  • Rusty
  • Orange, TX, United States
  • 05-27-17

BEST OF BOTH!!!

best story writer and narrator. I'm looking for more right now. will definitely send to others.

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starts slow gets good

Then book starts slow but gets good. Not quite riviting, but intriguing. Good job to the reader.

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awesome story

not usually my type of book but after finishing it I'm rather happy I did give it a go. fantastic narration by Rc Bray as usual.

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Confusing Shifting

Very slow read inhibited by back and forth shifting that debilitates the flow while confusing the reader into fits of despair trying to keep up to two plots.

Just wanted it to end!

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very good

I loved this book and it's easy to get caught up in the story. great book

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Best of Swagger

Although much of the book really isn’t about Bobby Lee Swagger, it’s still a great story. I can’t see that there will be another one, Bobby Lee is 71. The story centers around his grandfather and the beginning of the FBI. Also the the famous bank robbers that were made possible by the automobile. It kept me engaged from the beginning to the end. Unlike the last book, which I didn’t particularly like, there are a lot of different voices in this, from Charles Swagger, the grandfather, to Bobby Lee and many others.

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G-peers Creepers that was AWESOME!

OK, ready.
GREAT book. Lots of action. High on historical-exciting-action. Low on boring-emotional-melodrama. Thick on bared fisted story telling. The best kind of history. I enjoyed this book. A lot.

SPOILER ALERT ~ read no further if you don't wish a twist revealed in this great tale.

Yeah. Now. I'm a cranky old guy, who feels every single injury I got in my life full of fighting every-day when I get up out of bed each morning.
But ...I loves my action & fighting filled history.
This book filled so many of my "Happy Places" I was near giddy half was through.
It's characters and plot are as tough as smoking hot shooting irons.
It's got men called "man-killers" with total dead seriousness.
Then, way into the tale, they throw the "twist of all twists" at you.
Sucker punch to the head.
KA-POW!
A very tough character tells some-one he's cursed ...with a desire for other men.
He has dreams ( or nightmares ) every night about lusting after other men.
Well, when I read THAT you could have picked my jaw off the floor with a shovel!
I'm an old, beat-up fighter - been practicing several martial arts my whole life ( since I was 10 and saw Bruce Lee in a Hong-Kong movie.)
I love guns - I think they are amazing pieces of cultural art.
And I'm gay. Most folks would never know that least I tell 'em, but there is it.
When this point of the book played out, the tale opened up it was like a night-blooming flower full of of beauty and venom.
Pure genius.
I felt for the hurt and soul-killing wounds of this character who had to deal with his "otherness" way way back in the 1930's. Imagine...
Now, I grew up in the mid-west in the 70's. No easy thing either. I told no-one I was gay. I left home early, went to a big city and beat my way through many red-necks till I found a place where I could just be me. Eventually I told my folks. Eventually they got ok with it. I even found a tougher guy than me to fall in love with, and lived happily-ever-after.
But, it wasn't easy ...not at all.
This is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read/listen to. It's a tale high in male testosterone. When one of the toughest characters turns out to be gay, it became so refreshingly new and so darned real.
It wasn't the thing that made him what he was - just part of it. It also gave him the fight of his life inside his head while all heck broke loose around him. Amazing, brilliant story telling. But one of the best of that ultra-macho, Good, Bad and Ugly tales about men for men.
Hat's off to Mister Hunter. I'm getting more of your books sir.
GREAT WORK!

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The real G-Man

The book gives an interesting twist to the John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson legend. The story involving Bob Lee Swagger's search for the story of his grandfather, a WWI hero and Arkansas Sheriff, whose life was cloaked in anonymity. The book is fast paced, plausible, entertaining and riviting. Well worth the reading or listening.

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Brilliant!

Wow! What a thrill ride this book is. Terrific writing with several story lines woven together wonderfully. RC Bray's narration is flawless and he really captures the tone of the book with a flair few narrators truly have. This audiobook does not disappoint.