The Bullet Meant For Me

University of Texas Press

“There’s a wealth of strong imagery in this memoir, but what truly generates its power is the magnetism of decency that allows the writer, and vicariously the reader, to rise beyond fear and chaos.”


— James Hoggard, the Denver Post





“This is an honest, enthralling memoir that hits with the impact of a bullet in the gut. Reading it will force you to reevaluate many things you take for granted.”


—Bud Shrake, author of Blessed McGill and Custer’s Brother’s Horse






“A lesser man might have died from the bullet Jan Reid took in his gut that night. A lesser writer might have turned the experience into one more tale of tough-guy swagger. But Reid lived, and so does his story, thanks to his self-honesty and the steel-tipped imagery of his sentences. If you ever wondered what it would be like to go through the worst nightmare of our times, read this fine book.”


—Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Tom and Huck Don’t Live Here Anymore