Pale Horse Coming - Stephen Hunter

Pale Horse Coming

By Stephen Hunter

  • Release Date - Published: 2008-08-26
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Author: Stephen Hunter
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 152 Ratings)

Pale Horse Coming Stephen Hunter read online review & book description:

Pale Horse Coming, featuring Stephen Hunter’s beloved sniper heroes Earl and Bob Lee Swagger, the first Swagger thriller from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

The time is 1951. A smooth-talking Chicago lawyer comes to chat with Sam Vincent, the former prosecutor of Polk County, Arkansas, about a dangerous subject—a big prison for violent black convicts near Thebes, Mississippi, up the Yaxahatchee River from Pasagoula. Thebes seems to have dropped out of the Union—letters and phone calls go unanswered, and the lawyer has questions that need answers. Would Sam—an ex-lawman, a white man and a Southerner—agree to go up there and find out what he can?

The ex-prosecutor takes on the job, but first he goes to see his old friend Earl Swagger, and tells him that if he isn’t back in a week, Earl is to come looking for him. When Sam vanishes into the mists and swamps around Thebes, Mississippi, Earl packs his gun, explains to a distraught Junie that duty is duty and a promise is a promise, and sets off for Thebes, Mississippi to track his friend down.

Soon enough, Earl—who approaches Thebes and its sinister prison with the stealth of a good Marine on a recon mission—realizes that something very strange indeed is going on there, that the prison is more than just a place that chills the blood of even the most hardened convict, that in fact the whole town of Thebes is hiding a secret—and it’s a place where people disappear all too easily, particularly inquisitive strangers, for whom burial in the swamps follows torture.

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Posted Reviews

  • Pale Horse Coming

    By AO212121
    Epic book!!
  • Pale Horse Coming

    By J E Welch
    Great read! I don't understand why it hasn't been made into a movie.
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    By KCT17
    Wow, just finished this book and it has kept me and my wife riveted ! Only one error that I could find - the mention of Tallahassee then the classified ad sent to the Pensacola paper. It's a great read, Mr. Hunter needs to write more of the adventures of the young Mr. Earl.
  • Pale Horse

    By Bk smile
    One of the bests Earl Swagger books. Hurry up with Hot Springs, where it all began!
  • Pale Horse Coming

    By LJnLucy
    Great book. Just read it for the second time, first in paperback then in electronic version on iPad. Some very memorable scenes, one that is guaranteed to make you lose sleep, several to make you cheer! Earl is my favorite hero. When they come out with Hot Springs for iPad I'll buy it before the electrons can dry. LJ
  • Pale Horse Coming

    By Mresodall
    Outstanding read. Love the language, the gentleness of speech contrasting with the hardness of the characters. And, as always, Mr Hunter's knowledge of weaponry lends a gritty, realistic edge to the story!

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