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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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  • Rusty
  • 27-05-17

BEST OF BOTH!!!

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

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  • Don P
  • 25-05-17

Great story

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

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  • Bruce L.
  • 20-05-17

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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  • Walter C. Towers
  • 14-04-18

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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  • Steve
  • 14-11-17

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.

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  • John
  • 02-11-17

good story.

Badly produced. Mispronounced many local names. Could have found a Chicago native to help with that.

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  • L. Rubenstein
  • 25-10-17

The Best Bob Lee Swagger Story Yet!

Stephen Hunter takes Bob Lee on a trip through history and bounces it expertly between the past and present. An amazing story with an ending that will keep you in suspense right to the finish. R.C. Bray is a master story teller with and excellent range of voices that brings the book to life. You will swear that the real Baby Face Nelson is present in the reading.

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  • Dr. David Eckstein Goldman
  • 03-10-17

Fantastic Historical Fiction!

One of Stephen Hunter's best. Riveting, interesting, and Mesmerizing! The narration enhanced the story. Highly recommend!

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  • DJ
  • 01-09-17

A solid Swagger return

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they liked the earlier Swagger novels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charles. Nicely fleshed out and not cookie cutter when he could have been.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Les - liked how he yelled :)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope

Any additional comments?

Worth the listen and a nice new branch of the Swagger family.

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  • chris
  • 25-08-17

disappointing.

I had high hopes for this book but I stuggled to finish it. It only got good in the last 2 hours. I'll put it this way, after falling asleep while listening to it on a plane, i didnt even bother to go back and listen to the hour i missed.

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!

On a separate note. Mr Hunter needs to find a different way to climax his books. This story ends in the same way as at least two other Bob Lee books. I won't go into any more detail but hardcore fans we'll figure it out.