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Sutton

Format:  Hardcover,

334 pages

Publisher: Hachette Books

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9781401323141

ISBN-10: 1401323146

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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 weren't 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 America's 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 Moehringer's retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all Sutton's 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 raconteur's 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 Sutton's 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 author's eye for detail and sense of place make every stop on Sutton's internal and external journeys resonate--from smoking a Chesterfield to Sutton's first sight of the moon as a free man, every scene is saturated with life."-- "Publishers Weekly"

"In Moehringer's 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 won't 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"

Specifications

Publisher: Hachette Books
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9781401323141
ISBN-10: 1401323146
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 334
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781401323141

About the author

Biography of Moehringer, J. R.

J. R. Moehringer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He is the author of The Tender Bar (2005) and Sutton (2012). He collaborated on Andre Aggassi's memoir Open (2012). Moehringer graduated from Yale University in 1986. He began his journalism career as a news assistant at The New York Times later moving to Breckenridge, Colorado to work at the Rocky Mountain News and even later he became a reporter for the Orange County bureau of the Los Angeles Times.

Moehringer eventually was sent to Atlanta to serve as the LA Times national correspondent on the south. Moehringer received the Literary Award, PEN Center USA West and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, both in 1997 and a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2000.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-08-01)

They called bank robber Willie Sutton (1901-1980) "The Actor" because he committed many of his robberies in costume. Although he spent half of his adult life in prison, Sutton had one of the longest, most successful criminal careers ever, with crimes spanning 40 years and netting $2 million in unrecovered funds. The public loved him; Willie robbed banks, not people, and banks weren't all that popular during the Depression. He was always good copy, articulate and colorful.

Writing about Willie's life has its risks: Sutton penned two autobiographies but changed his story so often that he ended up making it more confusing than it was to start. In his fiction debut, Moehringer (The Tender Bar) brings his considerable skills as a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter to the task and for the most part succeeds. The novel loses momentum toward the end, but this reflects more the murkiness of Sutton's private history than it does Moehringer's talent as an author.

Verdict: History lovers will enjoy this fictional biography of a modern icon of crime.

[See Prepub Alert, 6/15/12.] - David Keymer, Modesto, CA

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2013-03-01)

Moehringer offers a fictionalized biography of gentleman bank robber and accomplished prison escape artist Willie Sutton, one of the most famous criminals of the early 20th century. The author appreciates the contradictions and conflicts in the contemporary accounts of Sutton as well as in the subject's own autobiographies. With a mix of fact and imagination, the listener is drawn into Willie's life of love and passion, hard time served, and hard choices. The literary device of a lifetime recalled in a day flows well, as does the husky narration by Dylan Baker, who infuses the presentation with just the right level of Brooklyn accent.

Verdict: For crime, biography, and historical fiction fans.

- J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Reg. Lib., -Independence, VA

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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 weren't 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 America's 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 Moehringer's retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all Sutton's 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 raconteur's 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 Sutton's 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 author's eye for detail and sense of place make every stop on Sutton's internal and external journeys resonate--from smoking a Chesterfield to Sutton's first sight of the moon as a free man, every scene is saturated with life."-- Publishers Weekly

"In Moehringer's 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 won't 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

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