By Thomas Mullen
Late one evening in August 1934, following a yearlong spree of financial institution robberies around the Midwest, the Firefly Brothers are pressured right into a police shootout and die . . . for the 1st time.
In award-winning writer Thomas Mullen’s evocative new novel, the hugely expected follow-up to his acclaimed debut, The final city on Earth, we stick to the Depression-era adventures of Jason and Whit Fireson—bank robbers referred to as the Firefly Brothers by means of the click, the gurus, and an adoring public that worships their acts as heroic counterpunches thrown at a damaged system.
Now apparently they've got finally met their lead to a hail of bullets. Jason and Whit’s lovers—Darcy, a filthy rich socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor—struggle among grief and an unyielding trust that the Firesons have survived. whereas they and the Firesons’ surprised mom and straight-arrow 3rd son plow through conflicting police stories and press debts, wild rumors unfold that the bandits are nonetheless at huge. via all of it, the Firefly Brothers stay as charismatic, unflappable, and as legendary because the American Dream itself, racing to discover the ladies they love and make feel of an international during which all has come unmoored.
Complete with kidnappings and gangsters, heiresses and speakeasies, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is an inventive and lively saga approximately what occurs while you are hopelessly outgunned—and a masterly story of difficulty, redemption, and love that transcends dying.
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And, after all, there have been the robbers who succeeded purely in locking themselves in financial institution vaults. This constantly introduced a grin to Jason’s lips. He loved understanding that his ability was once so striking. He was once left to mirror in this as he sat with Marriner within the stolen Pontiac, interpreting a narrative within the morning variation of the sunlight approximately an Estonian immigrant who had attempted to rob a financial institution the day gone by in Lexington, Kentucky, armed with an vintage musket he had stolen from a Civil struggle museum. The financial institution supervisor had frivolously defined that the weapon wouldn't fireplace, however the thief’s snatch of English had proved much less adept than his grip at the musket, which he butted into the manager’s brow after its set off certainly refused to budge. The immigrant were overtaken via heroic financial institution clients and was once being hung on fees of attack, tried theft, and desecration of a historical web site. Jason placed down his paper and checked the pocket watch he’d borrowed from Marriner. It used to be no longer but 9 o’clock they usually have been parked around the highway and some storefronts down from 3rd nationwide of Lincoln urban. It used to be the 3rd morning Jason had studied the bank’s commencing methods, the behavior of its employees and the safety defend. the day prior to this, donning pretend eyeglasses and a skinny beard, Jason had taken a better examine the inner via beginning an account with a ten-dollar invoice and fake id, either one of which Marriner had provided—the outdated guy was once knowledgeable forger. Jason have been in 3rd nationwide prior to, in fact, as had Whit, to make deposits for Pop once they have been little ones, yet that have been years in the past. The tellers have been new and Jason didn’t realize someone. “Guard’s older than you,” Jason commented as they watched the codger input the financial institution. “Imagine that,” Marriner spoke back. “Miracle he’s nonetheless alive. ” “Morning, Mr. President,” Jason narrated because the employees entered the development. “And these are the 2 assistant managers. A greatest of 3 tellers. ” the closest police station used to be twelve blocks away. 3rd nationwide sat in the course of Taft highway, a large street that minimize in the course of the north finish of downtown. Whit and the 2 beginners Marriner had recruited had spent the earlier days timing quite a few paths out of city. “So inform me approximately this bank,” Marriner acknowledged. “Restaurants from Taft and the busier facet streets make their deposits each morning round ten and back within the afternoon prior to ultimate. financial institution is flush another Thursday to funds paychecks for the tire plant on Fourth; different factories on the town do Fridays, so they’re strange. sizeable baseball sequence this week potential the neighborhood areas are doing good company. It’s a candy pea: there’s just one shield, the police officers don’t—” “That’s now not what I intended. inform me approximately this financial institution. ” A pause. “They sponsored a number of loans to my previous guy whilst he begun purchasing up estate in ’28. After he opened a moment and 3rd grocery, he used to be beginning to purchase up plenty within the manufacturing unit district to construct new residence structures, because of the staff making extra bread.