The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers: A Novel

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 click, 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 ultimately 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 struggle through conflicting police reviews and press money owed, 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 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 if you are hopelessly outgunned—and a masterly story of worry, redemption, and love that transcends dying.

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Why is it so quiet in the following? ” Whit requested. “Everybody is out entrance with the newshounds. asserting your … apprehension. ” “And have been you part of that apprehension, Officer? ” Jason requested. “No, no, i used to be away, at my in-laws’. ” His voice slid right into a extra panicked tone. “I had no suggestion until eventually I confirmed up this afternoon. I wouldn’t have got concerned anyway—I imagine what you boys were doing is simply grea—” “What precisely occurred to us? ” Jason minimize him off. The cop’s eyes slowly drifted as much as Jason. “You have been shot. ” “No kidding. yet how, and while? ” “And who did it? ” Whit further. “And where’d they positioned our cash? ” “You have been shot,” the cop repeated, his voice hole. “You have been mendacity there. I touched you. You have been so chilly. surgeon acknowledged … health care provider acknowledged you have been lifeless. ” “It’s extraordinary what humans can get mistaken those days,” Jason acknowledged. “But how did they get that inaccurate? ” Whit requested the cop. “What did they truly do to us? ” “And where’d they positioned our funds? ” “You have been either so chilly. ” A line of sweat bulleted down his cheek. “And stiff. leader even pretended to shake Whit’s hand. however it wouldn’t bend. ” Whit flexed the arms of his left hand. He made a fist and the tendons popped opposed to each other. The cop moaned and reduced his head. “Oh Christ, now not again,” Jason acknowledged. however the cop easily slumped over, his limbs loosening like a published marionette’s. Jason dropped his scalpel and bent down, placing his hand in the back of the man’s subconscious head and lightly decreasing it to the ground. The brothers stood beside one another of their stolen outfits. whatever had to be stated. yet neither had any notion what that will be. Footsteps from above jarred them, and what were a faint murmuring from the opposite facet of the construction unexpectedly grew louder. Laughter, or applause. They have been having a hell of a day out entrance. And there have been loads of them. a lot because it pained Jason, they might need to depart their funds at the back of. You can’t take it with you, he notion. Jason fed a around into the Colt’s chamber and stepped into the empty hallway, checking either instructions. Whit him to the outside door. Jason lifted the latch and slid the bolt, then nodded at his brother. The door wasn’t as heavy because it had appeared and whilst Jason threw it open it slammed right into a brick wall. The part of the police station prolonged twenty yards, and prior to them, above the lot during which a dozen automobiles have been huddled, the redbrick backs of storefronts rose 3 storys, hearth escapes switchbacking previous home windows laid out with excellent symmetry. the entire home windows have been darkish, just like the starless sky above. Skeletal tree branches spiderwebbed overhead. Midsummer, and the tree used to be lifeless. The leafy branches of neighboring elms swayed within the breeze yet this one stayed immobile, forlorn. They scanned the tags till they discovered the automobile. Jason passed Whit the Colt and opened the driver’s door. He began the auto and pulled out of the lot, headlights illuminating a badly paved highway. From the following they can see alongside the part of the station, and it used to be transparent there has been really a meeting out entrance.

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