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G-Man

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From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter, the latest episode in the Bob Lee Swagger saga, which finds Bob uncovering his family’s secret tommy gun war with 1930s gangsters like John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
 
Ryan Philippe currently stars as Bob Lee Swagger on the hit USA Network series Shooter.

1934. The depths of the Depression were marked by an epidemic of bank robberies and the swashbuckling, Tommy-gun-toting outlaws who became household names. John Dillinger. Bonnie and Clyde. Pretty Boy Floyd. 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, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago Mob—Lester Gillis, better known as Baby Face Nelson. To stop him, the Bureau recruited the most talented gunman of the time—Charles Swagger, World War I hero and sheriff of Polk County, Arkansas.

Eighty years later, Charles’s grandson Bob Lee Swagger has finally decided to sell the family homestead, but when the developers begin to tear down the house, they uncover a strongbox hidden in the foundation. Enclosed is an array of memorabilia dating back to 1934—a much-corroded federal lawman’s badge, a .45 automatic preserved in cosmoline, a mysterious gun part, and a cryptic diagram—all belonging to Charles Swagger. Fascinated and puzzled by these newly discovered artifacts, Bob is determined to find out what happened to his grandfather, who died before Bob was born, and why his own father, whom he worshipped, never spoke of Charles. But as he investigates further, Bob learns that someone is following him, that someone is sharing his obsession with finding out what Charles Swagger really left behind.

Alternating between Bob’s present-day search to uncover his grandfather’s legacy and Charles’s relentless pursuit for the nation’s most notorious outlaw in the Midwest of the 1930s, G-Man is a thrilling, action-packed addition to Stephen Hunter’s bestselling Bob Lee Swagger series.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 06, 2017 – 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.

Customer Reviews

G-man

Hunter is one of the best. Bob Lee one of the great fictional characters of all time.

Excellent

One of his best, and I've read them all.

Hunter does it again.

Stephen Hunter has once again infused history with every man's mythical hero, Swagger. Whether it be Charles, Earl or Bob Lee, the three generations of Swagger are the epitome of the quiet deadly gunman. Hunter finds a way to convey the essence of their character with few spoken words but heroic, unadorned deeds. They are flawed in emotion but strong in character and a sense of right over wrong. This was one of Hunters best. The only regret was that is ended and it will be another year or two before the Swagger boys find a new adventure. Great book.

G-Man
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: May 16, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
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