‘The Third Bullet’ by Stephen Hunter

“Nice Conspiracy Theory Thriller”
Score: 4/5

Stephen Hunter

I’d never read a ‘Bob Lee Swagger’ story before (apparently it's a series), but this is a decent, well-paced thriller. It’s set around the current time, but deals with the JFK assassination in 1963. It doesn’t aim to found a new conspiracy theory, instead it’s a fictional narrative that explains the core events in a thriller setting.

One really annoying thing about the book – about half-way through the book switches perspectives so that about half the chapters are memoirs written by someone else. The author does very well in making the styles of writing very different so there’s never any ambiguity over who wrote a given chapter. But deary me the style of writing for the memoirs is awful! Again, it’s deliberately awful, but it does make it hard to read.

Other than that, it’s an interesting enough book. I don’t know enough of the history to pick holes in it, but I’m certain others do.

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