Review: Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

img_3412 Willie Sutton was born and raised in the Irish slums of Brooklyn in the beginning of the 20th Century, and grew up seeing the out of control abuse of banks on society. Generational poverty, social depression, and forbidden love convinced Willie that in order to get out of the slums and make something of his life, he was going to have to take matters into his own hands.

So became the makings of one of the most prolific bank robbers in American history. “Slick Willie” Sutton spent the next 30 years of his life breaking into banks and breaking out of prisons with such finesse that the FBI quickly put him at the top of the very first Most Wanted list. Local police named him the most dangerous man in New York. The public, however, didn’t see a villain…Willie never, in his entire career, fired a single shot. Sutton’s victims were the true villains of society….the blood sucking banks. When Sutton was finally captured for the last time in 1952, crowds gathered outside the jail, chanting his name and praising his life long work.

After spending the next 17 years in prison, Willie Sutton receives a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969…and that’s where the story of Sutton begins. Moehringer gives us a tale that is part authentic research and part fictionalized retelling of the very wild, mostly secretive and vastly unknown life of Willie Sutton.

I absolutely loved every single minute of reading Sutton. When it’s done well…historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read…and this book is a prime example of why. Moehringer writes in a way that the reader is transported back in time, experiencing the Depression era of the 1920’s and living the life of America’s most loved bank robber.  If you enjoy reading historical fiction, true crime, and biographies….this book is for you. I highly recommend it!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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