Pale Horse Coming
By Stephen Hunter
(Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780671035464, 608pp.)
Publication Date: November 26, 2002
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New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter has been hailed by critics as an immediate successor to the legendary Dashiell Hammett. Now he continues the story of the heroic Earl Swagger in a masterful depiction of crime and punishment in the Old South.
Mississippi, 1951: The last place any sane man wants to visit is Thebes State Penal Farm. Of the few who make the journey there, even fewer return.
But when an old friend disappears inside Thebes, ex-marine and Arkansas State Police Sgt. Earl Swagger takes a personal interest in the case. As he infiltrates the prison, what he experiences defies his wildest nightmares -- a savage world where death is the only salvation. As tough as he is, Swagger barely escapes with his life -- and his mind -- intact. But he's not going to stay away for long. Recruiting six of the hardest, deadliest gunmen ever known, bloody vengeance is soon at hand. Because Earl Swagger is going back to Thebes.
And Hell follows with him.
Stephen Hunter has written eighteen novels, including I, Sniper and Point of Impact. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Providence Journal-Bulletin
Cements Hunter's status as the best thriller writer going today. Maybe ever.
The Washington Post Book World Classic hard-boiled fiction....Features some of Hunter's best writing.
San Francisco Examiner One of the best storytellers of his generation.