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Publisher's Summary

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
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4 out of 5 stars
By Greg on 04-29-13

Interesting piece of American History

Note to self............In the future, disregard the first 5 reviews posted. More than likely they are from the author or friends of the author. No book is ever as good as what the first 5 posts claim. That being said, the book was interesting enough and moved along at a good pace. At times the premise was a little distracting but it worked. This is not a normal book for me to listen too, but I'm glad I did.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Fella on 11-21-12

Great book! Awesome story!! Narration a bit much.

Any additional comments?

I am a huge JR Moehringer fan and will read/listen to anything he writes. There is something so honest and soulful about any story he tells, and I'm captivated by him these days.

I admire narrator Dylan Baker as an actor, but I think he missed the mark in his narration performance. It felt like he was talking to every potential listener all at the same time instead of reading the story intimately to one listener--the tone felt forced, strident, a bit overdone. I think his performance caused the story to lose some of its soulfulness and lovely melancholy that Moehringer seems drawn to in the stories he tells.

But hey, overall fairly enjoyable. A great story with great writing makes up for a lot of things. Definitely worth the listen.

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