The Life & Death of Pretty Boy Floyd

  • by Jeffery S. King
  • Narrated by Jack Chekijian
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Charles Arthur Floyd, better known as Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934), was one of the last of the so-called Robin Hood outlaws in the tradition of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and John Dillinger. He engaged in numerous bank-robbing exploits across the Midwest until federal agents and local police shot him down near East Liverpool, Ohio, on October 22, 1934 - a feat which helped build the image of the modern FBI.
This detailed account of his life, crimes, and death makes extensive use of FBI reports, government records, local newspapers, and contemporary journalistic accounts. Neither highly intelligent nor polished, Floyd relied on his cool demeanor, shrewd cunning, and expert gun-handling ability, but he was also considered by those who knew him to be generous and honest. During the depression, many people saw banks as enemies and Floyd as a hero, and helped screen him from the police. Once he left a large contribution at an Oklahoma church - and no one reported his visit. He was known to drop in at country dances, dance with the prettiest girls, and pay the fiddler well. One story claims that he kept a rural school in fuel one winter. He attended church regularly, even during intense manhunts, and visited his father's grave each Memorial Day, despite the risk of capture.
In this biography, Jeffery S. King addresses many of the questions still surrounding Floyd, such as whether he had contact with other notorious outlaws of the period, including Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, and Bonnie and Clyde, and whether he was executed by the FBI. He also links Floyd to the infamous Kansas City Massacre. Particularly notable are King's assessments of the effectiveness of the FBI and of J. Edgar Hoover's talent for self promotion. Jeffery S. King is a freelance writer and retired reference librarian. His articles have appeared in Lincoln Herald, Sepia, and Utah Historical Quarterly.
The book is published by The Kent State University Press.

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"Thoroughly enjoyable, informative, and suitably bloody." (Booklist)

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One of our most notorious criminals...

I received this audio book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. This book is about the life and the death of Pretty Boy Floyd aka Charles Arthur Floyd. He was only alive for 30 years (1904 - 1934) yet he dd enough crime damage to go down in history as one of America's bad boys bank robber outlaws. This book is a detailed informative book about his comings and goings and how the FBI tracked him down.

The author, Jeffery S King did a good job in his research of Pretty Boy Floyd and wrote this book in a way to hold my interest throughout the book. The things he got away with was just amazing, along with his escapes. The narrator, Jack Chekijian delivers another flawless read to us. Mr Chekijian has a smooth voice that is easy on the ears and enjoyable to listen to. Great job guys!
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- Terri

Very readable Criminal Justice thesis

This is a highly detailed and apparently exceptionally well researched biography of Chas Floyd, development of state and local policing, the early days of the FBI and J Edgar Hoover's early self-aggrandizement. Beginning with Chas's early days and family life, and progressing through his first prison sentence and how it affected his life, with very detailed reports involving his criminal career and demise. The material seems to have been gathered through police reports and an impressive amount of newspaper accounts and family interviews from that time period. It is presented in a very literary manner and woven together seamlessly.
Considering the publisher, one wonders if this is also a required text for CJ majors. If so, the chosen narrator is one who usually does very well in using a cadence well suited to note taking, and it is a good fit. Considering all of the quotations amassed, it is pleasant to have a narrator who is able to utilize character voices so well. I feel that the narrator was able to transform a routine assignment into a rather pleasant read.
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- Jan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2013
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks