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Four famed ?60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose ninety-three kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. In closing out the investigation, Nick discovers a case made in heaven: everything fits, from timeline, ballistics, and forensics to motive, means, and opportunity. Maybe it's a little too perfect.Nick asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data. Using a skill set no other man on earth possesses, Swagger soon discovers unseen anomalies and gradually begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy?one that would require the highest level of warcraft by the most superb special operations professionals.Swagger soon closes in, and those responsible will stop at nothing to take him out. But these heavily armed men make the mistake of thinking they are hunting Bob, when he is, in fact, hunting them. And when Swagger and the last of his antagonists finally face each other, reenacting a classic ritual of arms, it is clear that at times there's nothing more necessary than a good man with a gun and the guts to use it.
New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter returns with his popular hero Bob Lee Swagger fighting to clear the name of a fellow soldier-in-arms and facing off against one of his most ruthless adversaries yet a a sniper whose keen intellect and pinpoint accuracy rivals his own. Four famed a 60s radicals are gunned down, including the wife of a media mogul. Nick Memphis, FBI Assistant Director, suspects that retired Marine sniper, Carl Hitchcock, holder of the record number of kills in Vietnam, may be responsible.
As they close in, Hitchcocka (TM)s apparent suicide further cements his case, but Memphis calls on Bob Lee Swagger to poke holes in his case. As Swagger digs deeper ita (TM)s clear that things are more complicated than they initially seemed. As Swagger starts to unravel the tangled web of connections surrounding the murders, he gets closer to uncovering whoa (TM)s responsible and finds his days may be numbered.