The Third Bullet (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

Former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger investigates some of 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 day bestselling writer STEPHEN HUNTER takes on essentially the most surprising crimes in American historical past whilst his celebrated hero ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger follows the smallest trace of a bring about its wonderful conclusion—about the fateful 3rd bullet that ended the lifetime of President John F. Kennedy. . . .

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