Born in the 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, 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.