G- MAN (Bob Lee Swagger #10)

G- MAN                                                             STEPHEN HUNTER

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."

PAT'S REVIEW

A very good book written by Mr. Hunter with Bobby Swagger looking into his families past this time being his grandfather’s. The author takes you back in time to the depression when the G-men were after Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and their gangs. You are taken to the offices of the G-men and also the hideout of the bank robbers and how and what they do after and before the next bank job. You are also following Swagger’s ordeal of what really was going with his grandfather and with the help of Nick Memphis they come up with how his grandfather a gunfighter like all of the Swagger men was hired by the what is now known as the FBI because that is what they were looking for gunfighters, they had enough lawyers. The way the author is able to take you back and forth is very good and you don’t even know you have changed other than the time period. The flow of the story is not harmed by going back and forth. I actually thought it might but I remember reading his other books and they flowed as well. I have always liked Mr. Hunter’s work and once again I was not disappointed. A very good book in the Bobby Swagger line. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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