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Sutton

Moehringer, J.R.

ISBN 10: 1401312683 / 1-4013-1268-3
ISBN 13: 9781401312688
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Softcover
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"Electrifying." -- Booklist (starred)

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.

"What Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell and Paula McLain for Hadley Hemingway . . . J.R. Moehringer now does for bank robber Willie Sutton." -- Newsday

"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

Review:
Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: When Willie Sutton walked from Attica Prison on Christmas, 1969, the Irish, Brooklyn-born bank robber reemerged as a folk hero for American everymen fed up with a financial system that favored the rich. Infamous for his flair for disguise, Willie the Actor and his crew shook down 100 banks between the 1920s and his final arrest in 1952. He claimed to have never killed anyone, but he spent over half his adult life in prison, where he saved his sanity by reading classics and meticulously plotting audacious escapes--some successful. In Sutton, J.R. Moehringer ( The Tender Bar) performs a similarly audacious feat, tunneling through layers of legend and emerging with a novel that hums with the truth of Sutton's life, with all its dramatic contradictions. Shifting easily between Willie's first Christmas of freedom and the pivotal events of his past, Moehringer's tale of how lost love and desperation compelled Sutton to feats of (admittedly criminal) brilliance rivals those in The Shawshank Redemption. -- Mari Malcolm

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Book Description: Hyperion Books, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 201 x 137 mm. Brand New Book. Electrifying. -- Booklist (starred) 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. What Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell and Paula McLain for Hadley Hemingway . . . J.R. Moehringer now does for bank robber Willie Sutton. -- Newsday 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781401312688

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Book Description: Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Born in the squalid Irish slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the twentieth century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they werent taking brazen risks, causing millions to lose their jobs and homes, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out, only one way to win the girl of his dreams. So began the career of Americas most successful bank robber. Over three decades 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. He never fired a shot, after all, and his victims were merely those bloodsucking banks. 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 Moehringers retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all Suttons crimes and confinements, his first love (and first accomplice) was never far from his thoughts. And when Sutton finally walked free--a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969--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, which is forever timeless. Praise for Sutton: With a voice at once sentimental and muscular, Moehringer is like the kid brother of John Irving or Roddy Doyle. He brings a raconteurs grace and rhythm to his first novel, Sutton, a stirring portrait of Willie The Actor Sutton. A-. -- Entertainment Weekly A captivating and absorbing read. -- Kirkus (starred) Moehringer relays, in electrifying prose, the highs and lows of Suttons dramatic life . . . Readers will be riveted by this colorful portrayal of a life in crime. -- Booklist (starred) A mesmerizing portrait of a remarkable man . . . The authors eye for detail and sense of place make every stop on Suttons internal and external journeys resonate--from smoking a Chesterfield to Suttons first sight of the moon as a free man, every scene is saturated with life. -- Publishers Weekly In Moehringers more-than capable hands, the story has a life all its own beyond the historical fact. --The Daily Beast A moving and thoroughly absorbing novel. Filled with vibrant and colorful re-creations of not one but several times in the American past. -- Kevin Baker, author of Strivers Row In Willie Sutton, the greatest bank-robber of all time, thinker and lover, escape artist extraordinaire, J. R. Moehringer has found an historical subject equal to his vivid imagination, gimlet journalistic eye, and pitch-perfect ear for dialogue. The result is a terrific first novel by turns suspenseful, funny, romantic, and sad--in short, a book you wont be able to put down. -- John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and The Commoner Sutton presents a glorious romance, a riveting heist novel, a financial history of the 20th century, a loving portrait of New York, and an empathetic portrait of the bank robber as a young man, all in one crisp, sad, and often hilarious novel. It is an utter joy to read. -- Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector and Memory Wall This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. book. Bookseller Inventory # 9781401312688

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