Product Description (Source: NBD):
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.
Product Review (NBD):
"A roaring good read...Bob Lee Swagger is a Middle America Dirty Harry...As the tenth Bob Lee Swagger novel, G-Man is Stephen Hunter's Lonesome Dove, a big sort of book that takes well-established characters, especially Bob Lee himself, and puts them on an action-packed mission of self-discovery....Riveting....Hunter masterfully pulls the thread that unravels this action-packed story--it's hard to stop reading. - Frank Miniter, FORBES.com
"Hunter's outstanding 10th Bob Lee Swagger novel (after 2014's Sniper's Honor) takes readers back to the gangster days of the 1930s... 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." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Hunter fits the parts as snugly as Bob Lee reassembling a rifle...This is an outstanding thriller on every level. --Booklist, starred review"Nobody writes action better than Stephen Hunter, and that action has never been better than in the scintillatingly superb "G-Man" ....At heart "G-Man" is a modern day Western...with the two generations of Swaggers swapping sections as they command our attention in riveting fashion...."G-Man" is everything a great action thriller is supposed to be, presenting us with a series of targets Hunter manages to hit dead center every time. An old-fashioned shoot-em-up that is absolutely not to be missed." - Jon Land, Providence Journal
"Hunter remains my only Pulitzer Prize-winning friend. He has a new novel titled G-MAN, which I can highly recommend after having devoured it in a weekend." --Mark A. Keefe IV, Editor-in-Chief, American Rifleman
"Fans of Hunter's Swagger family legend will be locked and loaded for more." --Kirkus Reviews
About Author (NBD):
Stephen Hunter is the author of more than twenty novels. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work, American Gunfight. His novel, Point of Impact, was adapted for film as Shooter, starring Mark Wahlberg. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.