Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

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It left me wondering why Sutton attained legendary status.
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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

About J.R. Moehringer

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J.R. Moehringer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2000, is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Moehringer is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Tender Bar and coauthor of Open by Andre Agassi.
Published September 25, 2012 by Hachette Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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on Jul 29 2012

A “non-fiction novel” that takes us far beyond Willie Sutton’s clever one-liners about banks and deeply into his life...A captivating and absorbing read.

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Reviewed by Robert Polito on Nov 02 2012

Moehringer scatters hints of what might have been a darker, bolder book.

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Reviewed by Bryan Burrough on Sep 28 2012

It left me wondering why Sutton attained legendary status.

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Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman on Sep 28 2012

Willie Sutton was quite a character, and J. R. Moehringer has captured his spirit on the pages of this novel.

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