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 way of the click, the professionals, and an adoring public that worships their acts as heroic counterpunches thrown at a damaged system.
Now apparently they've got eventually met their result in 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 go through conflicting police studies 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 experience of a global within which all has come unmoored.
Complete with kidnappings and gangsters, heiresses and speakeasies, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is an imaginitive and lively saga approximately what occurs while you're hopelessly outgunned—and a masterly story of problem, redemption, and love that transcends dying.
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Jason pointed into the room. “My real brother, in contrast to a few comrade or employee. Now, how is he? ” The medical professional defined that a lot of Whit used to be broken—his clavicle; his left arm; his jaw, which might be quickly stressed out close; and a number of other ribs—but they didn’t suspect any organ harm. “He’ll be consuming via a straw for your time. ” Whit had misplaced a very good quantity of blood and had a major concussion. “He’s unlikely to believe common for a very good very long time. yet he should still finally. ” “Good,” Jason acknowledged, attempting to persuade himself. “Good. ” “To let you know the reality, I’m a piece surprised. He took a hell of a beating. yet he got here to and appeared alert, that's a downright miracle. now we have him sedated—he’ll desire that for it slow. yet his mind looks operating. ” “That’s an development, then. ” Months later, as Jason drove north to Cleveland, he considered the doctor’s collection of the observe miracle. He used to be tempted to wake his obnoxiously noisily snoring brother with a query: Had Whit obvious something in the course of his lengthy unconsciousness—if that’s what it had fairly been—at the Hooverville? Angels, a few celestial mild, an echoing voice? Jason questioned what he himself had overlooked whereas he’d lain on his cooling board, even if a few very important earthly directions have been imparted to his soul, in basic terms to have his waking self thoroughly overlook. Jason had stayed in Lincoln urban after Whit’s unencumber from the medical institution, assisting Ma deal with him. additionally aiding was once Veronica, whom Jason ferried backward and forward on a daily basis till he slipped her sufficient funds to get an inexpensive condo for a couple of weeks. Ma had, after all, been struck by way of Veronica’s noticeable actual situation upon first assembly her, and he or she had lectured Whit the instant Veronica left the home that evening. No son of hers used to be going to desert a toddler like that. From then on, she virtually force-fed Veronica wealthy nutrition. Withdrawal from the morphine left Whit an insomniac for a couple of nights, so Jason could sit down beside his mattress and speak in the course of the night. Whit’s metal-rimmed jaw, hardened eyes, and dented nostril imbued with permanence the adverse glance he were donning for therefore lengthy. “My affiliates and that i are going to do a definite exercise, most likely in a pair weeks,” Jason instructed him overdue one evening. “Our first jobs have been small, yet we all know what we’re doing now. In a pair weeks, I’ll have extra money. You and Veronica can get your personal position. ” “I are looking to help,” Whit stated. “No. ” For years Jason were circumspect approximately conserving Whit uninvolved in his crimes, and he wasn’t going to alter that now. “You’re approximately to have a relations to monitor over. ” “All the extra cause. i will do significantly better by—” “No. finish of debate. ” He paused for a second, staring his brother down. “So, how a long way alongside is she? ” Whit appeared down at his toes. “I’m unsure. ” “Looks beautiful some distance to me. You’ve received your individual paintings to do now. ” “I don’t recognize a damned factor approximately being a dad. ” “I didn’t understand a rattling factor approximately being a financial institution robber,” Jason acknowledged. “But necessity can train you many. ” Whit squinted at his brother.