Front Sight

Front Sight by Stephen Hunter is a series of three linked novellas following the crime-fighting family the Swaggers across three generations. In “City of Meat”, set in 1934, federal agent Charles Swagger takes on the notorious Chicago underworld when a narcotics ring traces its roots back to the Union Stockyards. The second novella, “Johnny Tuesday”, follows up with Charles’s son, Earl, and his search for the suspect in a violent unsolved bank robbery in 1947 in Maryland. The last story, “Five Dolls for the Gut Hook”, takes its inspiration from 1970s Italian slasher films, Bob Lee Swagger, Earl’s son, is tapped as the lead on an investigation into a rash of horrific killings in Arkansas. All three stories are atmospheric and absorbing, great for Stephen Hunter fans and new readers alike.