Friday, March 8, 2013

My Washington Times Review Of 'The Third Bullet," Stephen Hunter's Kennedy Assassination Thriller

My review of  The Third Bullet, Stephen Hunter's thriller about the Kennedy assassination, appeared this morning in the Washington Times.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, was the crime of the 20th century.

Like many of the military and intelligence people I met while serving in the U.S. Navy and later as a Defense Department civilian employee, I believed Fidel Castro killed Kennedy. Kennedy attempted to kill the communist Cuban leader and the dictator announced publicly that he intended to return the favor.

My view changed after reading Gerald Posner's book “Case Closed.” Mr. Posner debunked all of the Kennedy conspiracies and laid the deed squarely on Lee Harvey Oswald. Vincent Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor of the Charles Manson “family,” further assured readers that Oswald was the lone assassin in his huge book “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy."

Stephen Hunter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for The Washington Post, said that he started writing his first novel, “Point of Impact,” with the Kennedy assassination in mind. When he started the book, he said, everyone thought a conspiracy was behind the killing. Halfway through the novel Mr. Hunter read “Case Closed” and he ceased believing in conspiracy. The premise of his early novel had been destroyed, and in the end, he separated the novel from the JFK assassination.

However, in “The Third Bullet,” Mr. Hunter returns to the scene of the famous crime. He sets a serious “gun guy” — the legendary former Marine sniper and Vietnam veteran Bob Lee Swagger, known as “ Bob the Nailer” — on a course to discover the truth behind the Kennedy assassination.

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