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The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
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Jul 28, 2011

Write a review...An incredibly deliberate and well crafted tale set in the depression midwest and follows the escapades of the Fireson brothers, Jason and Whit, rogue bankrobbers. Defying the odds, the brothers manage to escape the authorities, both local and federal, in repeated shootouts. Or do they? The brothers commit to complete one final as they make attempts to complete one final "endeavor" that will allow them to escape and set up a new life. Waiting on the sidelines to learn about the Fireson brothers are their mother, brother, Whit's wife and toddler, and Jason's girlfriend, Darcy, whom Jason held briefly as getaway cover after one of their early bank robberies. Smoothly and deliberately paced, with great depictions of the banks, the hideouts and the breadlines and moods of the depression, Mullen weaves a complex tale of family and secrets and truths withheld. I only wished that Darcy, Jason's girlfriend, an intriguing character had been as finely drawn as the brothers Fireson. One of the most thoroughly satisfying and fulfilling reading experiences I have had in quite some time.


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