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 with the Depression-era adventures of Jason and Whit Fireson—bank robbers referred to as the Firefly Brothers by means of the clicking, the experts, and an adoring public that worships their acts as heroic counterpunches thrown at a damaged system.
Now it sounds as if they've got eventually met their lead to a hail of bullets. Jason and Whit’s lovers—Darcy, a prosperous socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor—struggle among grief and an unyielding trust that the Firesons have survived. whereas they and the Firesons’ shocked mom and straight-arrow 3rd son plow through conflicting police reviews 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 a global during which all has come unmoored.
Complete with kidnappings and gangsters, heiresses and speakeasies, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is an creative and lively saga approximately what occurs while you're hopelessly outgunned—and a masterly story of worry, redemption, and love that transcends demise.
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Jason tapped the pinnacle of the wheel. riding with out a git to steer them felt dicy, amateurish. major highway used to be darkish, the theater marquee unlit and the storefronts showing not anything yet reflections of the Pontiac’s headlights. He concept he’d been via issues North once—stopped for lunch, possibly, or gasoline—but he’d noticeable such a lot of major Streets in such a lot of states that he frequently burdened them. They persevered at a peaceful twenty-five miles an hour. finally the tightly packed constructions have been changed via the generally spaced entrance yards of darkened homes. Jason enable his foot fall heavier at the accelerator. “You hungry? ” he requested. “Nope. ” “Thirsty? ” “Nope. ” “Me neither. Christ, this can be unusual. ” A gap tore within the cloud disguise and there have been the celebrities, informing Jason that he used to be headed north. He quickly handed an indication for the kingdom road. generally they'd persist with the rustic roads, yet Jason figured there will be no roadblocks if the police suggestion the Firefly Brothers had already been apprehended. “Why couldn’t this have occurred to Pop? ” Whit requested. Jason swallowed, riding even swifter now. “I used to be considering a similar factor. ” The road took them via farmland so flat and featureless it was once as if they have been crossing a black, nonetheless sea. Jason remembered an outdated yegg from legal telling tales concerning the Florida Keys and the way he’d deliberate to retire there after one final activity, remembered the man’s tales of a street slicing via lengthy islands the place the emerald ocean glittered on both sides. If that used to be a paradise on the earth, then Jason felt he was once navigating its contrary. He wanted it used to be day, wanted there has been anything to examine, wanted he had somebody to speak to except his taciturn brother, who were struck mute considering that leaving issues North. He needed Darcy have been right here; one of many many questions throwing stones in his brain was once the place she was once. Hell, what day was once this day? How lengthy used to be the black gap of reminiscence he used to be sporting within him? Jason may believe a wind reducing in conjunction with the Pontiac. Clouds had reclaimed the sky. He have been riding for 2 hours while he discovered they have been low on fuel. Didn’t somebody during this damned state preserve his tank complete? Jason had pushed an untold variety of stolen automobiles, occasionally only for a couple of miles and infrequently for days-long escapes, but he may possibly count number the variety of complete or maybe half-full tanks on one hand. after which there have been the autos that broke down inexplicably, or stalled out at cease symptoms, or dropped their fenders, or had no water of their radiators, or had their wheels loosen on tough roads and slide into ditches. If purely his fellow americans could maintain larger care in their cars. The brothers had made up our minds their vacation spot was once Lincoln urban, Ohio, and so they had many hours to head. Jason pulled off the road after passing a hand-lettered signal for a filling station within the city of Landon, Indiana. “Jesus,” Whit stated all at once. “Jesus Christ! ” “What? ” “Jason! We’re goddamn useless! ” “Keep your self jointly. ” “What the hell’s happening?