Black Light (Bob Lee Swagger)

By Stephen Hunter

Just one factor stands among a son and his father's killer: 40 years of lies..

On a distant Arizona ranch, a guy who has recognized loss, worry, and battle weeps for the 1st time on the grounds that he was once a child.  His tears are for the daddy taken from him 4 a long time prior to in a dangerous shoot-out.  And his grief will lead him again to where the place he was once born, the place his father died, and the place a brutal conspiracy is set to explode.

For Bob Lee Swagger, the realm replaced on that scorching day in Blue Eye, Arkansas, whilst neighborhood boys rode armed and wild in a '55 Fairlane convertible. Swagger's father, Earl, a country trooper, was once investigating the brutal homicide of a tender girl that day.  By middle of the night Earl Swagger lay useless in a abandoned cornfield.

Now Bob Lee desires answers.  He desires to comprehend the reality at the back of the shoot -out that took his father's lifestyles, a secret buried in 40 years of lies.  Because for Bob Lee Swagger, the killing did not finish that day in Blue Eye, Arkansas. The killing had simply begun...

Weaving jointly characters from his nationwide bestsellers Point of Impact and Dirty White Boys, Stephen Hunter's gripping mystery builds to a thrilling climax--and an explosion of gunfire that blasts open the secrets and techniques of 2 generations.

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All that’s what you are promoting. ” “I was once pregnant. I didn’t have a decision, I didn’t imagine. My child needed to have his father. ” A unmarried song ran down from her left eye. “No one is familiar with yet leave out Connie. it can kill my bad mom. ” “No one will ever know,” stated Earl. “No. I misplaced the newborn. I miscarried a month in the past. The baby’s long gone. I misplaced my child and now I’m married to a killer. Oh, Earl. ” “You don’t need to fear approximately that,” Earl acknowledged. “We can repair all that. ” the telephone rang. “Should I solution? ” “It’s most likely for me. ” She went and picked it up, and no, it wasn’t for Earl. “It’s Jimmy,” she stated. five The boy sat at the porch with Bob and Julie. “Can you get him whatever to drink, please,” Bob stated. “He says he desires to write a publication approximately my father. ” “Do you will have a few lemonade? A vitamin Coke? We don’t have any alcohol during this condo. ” “I’m a drunk,” stated Bob. “Can’t have it round. ” “A vitamin Coke,” stated the boy. Bob stared at him. What used to be he, a few form of emissary from the useless? Who may well communicate of his father to him? Bob discovered himself surprisingly agitated, now not anxious precisely, yet unwell comfortable, doubtful. now not that the boy regarded tough or harmful. on the contrary: the boy wore wire-rim glasses and appeared a bit queasy. It was once a glance Bob had visible on boys he’d needed to lead into conflict. Why me? Why somebody? Why? Julie got here again with the Coke and a pitcher with ice. He felt that the can used to be chilly and took a swig, bypassing the glass. “Go ahead,” stated Bob. “My name,” acknowledged the boy, “is Russell Pewtie, that's, Russell Pewtie, Jr. I’m twenty-two years previous and that i spent years at Princeton collage sooner than dropping by the wayside. It’s attainable the identify Pewtie jewelry a bell? ” “Not yet,” acknowledged Bob. “My father is Russell ‘Bud’ Pewtie, Sr. until eventually 3 years in the past, he used to be a sergeant within the Oklahoma road Patrol. enormous man, old-boy kind. everyone cherished him much. first rate guy. He was once recognized for a piece. It used to be in the entire magazines. they are saying they’re going to make a television motion picture approximately him, a type of ‘Line of responsibility’ issues. ” “I should have ignored it. ” “Well, it will probably have fallen through,” acknowledged the boy. “I don’t consult my father anymore, so I wouldn’t recognize. What occurred was once, in June of 1994, a man named Lamar Pye led different males on a breakout from McAlester nation detention center in Oklahoma. Lamar used to be a robust felony character, tricky, violent, extremely smart, tremendous competitive. He lower a swath via southwestern Oklahoma they’re nonetheless conversing approximately. theft, homicide, kidnapping, the works. Now, for a few cause, he and my dad—well, they have been fated, one way or the other, combined jointly. Lamar ambushed my dad, wounded him, even though merely superficially, yet killed his associate. My dad took it for my part. two times he tracked Lamar down. He had a complete of 3 shoot-outs with Pye. He killed his cousin, he killed a lady who’d thrown in with Pye and eventually he killed Pye. Shot his face off, then shot him within the head. ” “Sounds like a courageous man,” acknowledged Bob. “Well,” stated Russ, as though judgment have been nonetheless pending. “He used to be heavily wounded. Shot within the lung, broke his collarbone, nerve harm crippled his correct arm.

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