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Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
On Christmas Day, 1969, Willie Sutton—convicted bank robber and folk hero—was pardoned and set free. With an infected leg, Sutton was on death’s door and he was on a mission: to find the woman who started it all. Along the way, he is coerced into doing a single interview and he, the reporter, and the photographer set out on a winding journey through Sutton’s past, driving through New York to the places that mean something to Willie, recounting stories of his childhood, his bank jobs, and his various prison escapes to his rapt listeners. But as the reporter realizes toward the end, there are three versions of this story: the one Willie tells, the one Willie remembers, and the one that actually happened and the three overlap and intersect in a way that is raw and believable.
The amount of research that went into this book is exquisite and pays off with each vivid historic detail and character study. Moehringer succeeded (as well as anyone could possibly succeed) in breathing life into Sutton, who is a notoriously vague character in history.
It’s easy to forget that Sutton is a work of fiction. It feels so authentic that it almost belongs in the narrative non-fiction category and I couldn’t say which elements of Sutton’s story were figments of Moehringer’s mind and which actually happened. The truths, half-truths, and lies are all on the same level here, which is an incredible feat in and of itself.
All in all, this was a great read, and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially those like me who are anxiously awaiting the return of Boardwalk Empire! Who knows? Maybe Mr. Sutton will make a cameo sometime soon!
Sutton is due out on September 25th, but you can pre-order it now at your favorite bookstore.