Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York, and the FBI put him on its first-ever Most Wanted List. But the public rooted for Sutton. When he was finally caught for good in 1952, crowds surrounded the jail and chanted his name.
Blending vast research with vivid imagination, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In Moehringer’s retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. And when Sutton finally walked free, he immediately set out to find her. Poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, Sutton tells a story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a story of doomed love that is forever timeless.
©2012 J.R. Moehringer (P)2012 Hyperion
My favorite character was Willie Sutton as the whole book was about him. He wasn't a very smart man as he spent half his life in prison
I read the book some time ago and I don't really remember anything I could call my favorite scene
The book was interesting and I've enjoyed reading it but it was not a book that I would so enamored about that I wonder want to the read in one sitting
Moehringer has done a brilliant job of writing a story about a man whose life was more like fiction than real life. And he has made the fiction seem plausible. I have done a bit of research about Willie Sutton and found him to be a fascinating character, and one who perhaps cleverly covered the tracks to the true story of his life. Moehringer has told it the way it might have been. Not enough good things can be said about the narration which made this great story all the better.
I will never try another book from this author or from this narrator.
The story is jerky and implausible. The characters are cardboard cutouts, uninteresting, unattractive and often disgusting - but not in a good way. To me, gratuitous cruelty is unforgivable, and this book has gratuitous cruelty in spades. I finally stopped reading at the slaughter house scene during the cheering as they watched the slitting of the animals' throats.
Extremely insensitive to any subtleties in the material. Overly and inappropriately dramatic.
I'm amazed that this book found a publisher.
I don't know
Started out to be interesting than just became a downer. Did not like the ending
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