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Sutton

By J. R. Moehringer
Sutton by J. R. Moehringer digital book - Fable

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"What Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell and Paula McLain for Hadley Hemingway . . . Moehringer does for bank robber Willie Sutton" in this fascinating biographical novel of America's most successful bank robber (Newsday).

Willie Sutton was born in the Irish slums of Brooklyn in 1901, and he came of age at a time when banks were out of control. Sutton saw only one way out and only one way to win the girl of his dreams. So began the career of America's most successful bank robber. During three decades Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, the FBI put him on its first-ever Most Wanted List. But the public rooted for the criminal who never fired a shot, and when Sutton was finally caught for good, crowds at the jail chanted his name.

In J.R. Moehringer's retelling, it was more than need or rage that drove Sutton. It was his first love. And when he finally walked free -- a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969 -- he immediately set out to find her.

"Electrifying." --Booklist (starred)

"Thoroughly absorbing . . . Filled with vibrant and colorful re-creations of not one but several times in the American past." --Kevin Baker, author of Strivers Row

"[J.R. Moehringer] has found an historical subject equal to his vivid imagination, gimlet journalistic eye, and pitch-perfect ear for dialogue. By turns suspenseful, funny, romantic, and sad--in short, a book you won't be able to put down." --John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and The Commoner

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3.5
“Knowing the elusiveness of straightforward facts on Willie Sutton, I decided to read this as speculative literature rather than worrying about the details. The author doesn't pretend to know everything, which makes for a few interesting moments. I liked the beginning, fell out of love as soon as the female character was introduced. Men, pay attention, this is how you DON'T write women. Then suddenly I was completely interested in the story again and I read two thirds of it in a few days, when it had taken me a month for the first 60 pages. I would consider reading more by this author.”

About J. R. Moehringer

J.R. Moehringer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2000, is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Moehringer is the author of the bestselling novel Sutton and collaborator on Open by Andre Agassi, Shoedog by Phil Knight, and Spare by Prince Harry.

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