I, Sniper

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I, Sniper
Author Stephen Hunter
Country United States
Language English
Series Bob Lee Swagger series
Genre Thriller
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
December 29, 2009
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 418 pp
ISBN 1-4165-6515-9 (hardback edition)
Preceded by Night of Thunder
Followed by Dead Zero

I, Sniper is a novel by Stephen Hunter, published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. It is Hunter's sixth novel whose hero is Bob Lee Swagger, a U. S. Marine Corps sniper who first appears in Point of Impact[1] which is partially set in the Vietnam War. It is tenth in order of publication and sixth in the chronology of the character.

Bob Lee has been brought in as a consultant to analyze the data collected from the scene of the assassinations. He concludes that the shootings were not made by the accused perpetrator. When Carl Hitchcock turns up dead from an apparent suicide he decides to investigate further to clear a fellow sniper's name. Swagger begins investigating, by attending a demonstration of the supposed device used in the assassinations. The demonstration introduces a group of Irish soldiers who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The novel concludes with Swagger showing his ability to outlast and outwit his enemy in a duel of snipers, clearing the name of the fallen Hitchcock in the process. The ending includes seeming references to the song "Big Iron"

The characters include pseudonymous characters: Carl Hitchcock, a Marine Corps sniper based upon the real sniper, Carlos Hathcock.[2][3] Other characters are based upon Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, Bill Ayers, and Chuck Mawhinney.


  1. ^ "Point of Impact" (Bantam Books hardcover edition published March 1993)
  2. ^ Hunter, Stephen (2010). Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel. Simon & Schuster. p. 404. ISBN 978-1-4391-3865-6. 
  3. ^ Penzler, Otto (2009). The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives. Hachette Digital, Inc. pp. 161–167. ISBN 978-0-316-03193-6.