Year 7, Book 89

89. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
Willie Sutton was a famous bank robber, who I somehow had never really heard of until I started reading this book. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention because after I started reading the book he came up multiple times in conversation entirely unrelated to the book. Anyway, the book is a historical novel imagining what happened during a meeting he had with a reporter the night Sutton was released from jail. As the author states much of the existing information on Sutton conflicts, so he uses what is available to retell Sutton’s story with literary license. If you’re looking for a strict biography this book is obviously not for you, but otherwise I would recommend it. It’s well written, obviously well researched, and does a good job of setting a tone that takes you into the time period. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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