The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers

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Late one night in August 1934, following a yearlong spree of bank robberies across the Midwest, Jason and Whit Fireson are forced into a police shootout and die...for the first time. Now it appears that the bank robbers known as the Firefly Brothers by an admiring public have at last met their end in a hail of bullets. Jason and Whit's lovers-Darcy, a wealthy socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor-struggle between grief and an unyielding belief that the Firesons have survived. While they and the Firesons' stunned mother and straight-arrow third son wade through conflicting police reports and press accounts, wild rumors spread that the bandits are still at large. Through it all, the Firefly Brothers remain as charismatic, unflappable, and as mythical as the American Dream itself, racing to find the women they love and make sense of a world in which all has come unmoored. Complete with kidnappings and gangsters, heiresses and speakeasies, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is an imaginative and spirited saga about what happens when you are hopelessly outgunned-and a masterly tale of hardship, redemption, and love that transcends death.

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Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction.

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Jason and Whit Fireson are a pair of bank-robbing legends who sweep across the country stealing from the rich but not quite giving to the poor. They have a reputation for being untouchable because they've pulled off so many impossible escapes-and they must continue to do so to avoid capture. William Dufris narrates with a gritty Midwestern accent that sounds steeped in wisdom and experience. It's a fitting tone for the mythical heights to which Jason and Whit ascend in Depression-era America. However, Dufris's female characters are hardened clichés that sound out of place amid his otherwise underplayed reading. Nevertheless, the overall effect of his narration is convincing. L.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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