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Sutton Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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"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)
"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
"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
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Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
J R had me at The Tender Bar, his deeply loved memoir. It impacted my life intensely, so much so, I could only describe it to friends as causing a personal revival. Some actually resented how much I talked about that book...until they read it. The author's sheer perspective on life made me want to change mine, and made me want to attack life in a whole new way. Like someone reaching through the pages and shaking you, and inspiring you at the same time. He followed his own story with that of tennis great, Andre Agassi with OPEN. Already considered one of the great autobiography's of our time, Andre's life in the skillful hands of Moehringer, not only became a runaway bestseller, but single hand-idly raised the bar for the entire memoir genre. Even Agassi said he didn't fully understand his life until he viewed it through Moehringer's lens. So I can say pretty confidently that the world of 'booklovers' has been holding their collective breath in anticipation of J R's first novel.Read more ›
Sutton was apparently a master of misdirection, and we should take his nickname, The Actor, to heart. The novel takes place when he is released from jail in the 60's after nearly 20 years in prison. A Reporter and a Shooter (photographer) are directed to get his story on a "rat" who was murdered after turning him in to the police. Sutton believes he is dying, and talks only if they take him to the various scenes of life changing events.
Within the novel, there are two narratives, one that he dictates to the reporter and one recording his true memories. He loves to read, and reads the heavy hitters, philosophy and classic literature. In this book, he believes himself to have been a good man who never hurt anyone. We are given just enough alternative facts to question much of what he has to say.
History agrees he was loved by many people for robbing the banks, a sentiment that resonates today. He was charming. But we will never know who he was. Moehringer writes a masterful book to show us we never really know each other. I couldnt reccomend this book more. I read obsessively and I kept getting this book as a recommend on Amazon. I didnt think I would like it, I didnt necessarily want to read a book about a bank robber. But I am so glad they wore me down. If you have to choose a book from the scroll of possibles, read this book.
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After a slow start, the plot became mesmerizing.
I looked to see if this author had written anything else when I finished this book.
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The novel is titled simply Sutton, by Pulitzer Prize winning author J.R. Moehringer. Read more
BUY THIS BOOK. You will not regret it. It is my second favorite novel of all-time.
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The story was interesting - part fact and part fiction. One of the disks was damaged and jumped around.Published 9 months ago by Maureen
Never really pulled me into the story. The reporter and photographer felt like an artificial device, not really needed and not really "real."Published 9 months ago by Salty Doc 1
Compelling and insightful. Interesting take on a bank robber's life. The author uses a very unique technique to unveil the story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by steve langford