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Stephen Hunter

In Pale Horse Coming (2001), the time is 1951, and Sam Vincent, a former Arkansas prosecutor, has accepted a job to investigate a disappearance at Thebes State Penal Farm (Colored) in “Thebes,” Mississippi. Before leaving, he takes the precaution of informing Earl Swagger, a sergeant in the Arkansas State Police and an ex-Marine, of his plans. Both men eventually embark on a journey of destruction and survival. Pale Horse Coming is just one of a series of works bestselling novelist Stephen Hunter has written about the Swagger family. Between 1971 and 1996, Hunter worked as a movie critic for the Baltimore Sun. He currently serves on the staff of the Washington Post. In 2003, Hunter won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

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