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The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers

 
 
Author
Thomas Mullen.
Publisher Random House  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780812979299
Pages/Publication Date 397/2010
Daedalus Item Code 43506
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The author of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize winner The Last Town on Earth here gives us an evocative and spirited novel of the 1930s, in which hard-boiled bank robbers Jason and Whit Fireson—the Firefly Brothers—seem to die and return to life again and again, in a tale the New York Times Book Review deemed "magic noirism." Forced into a shootout in August 1934, the Firefly Brothers fall in a hail of bullets—yet rumors start to spread amid an adoring public that the bandits are still at large. Through it all, they remain charismatic, unflappable, and as mythical as the American dream itself.

"Wonderfully illuminates why 1930s America spawned so many dark heroes."—NYTBR

"At the start of [Thomas] Mullen's compelling second novel, set during the heyday of J. Edgar Hoover's war on crime in the 1930s, violent bank robbers Jason and Whit Fireson (aka the Firefly Brothers) wake up in an Indiana morgue, having miraculously survived bullet wounds that led the authorities to triumphantly announce their deaths. The pair escape and inform the third Fireson brother, Weston, and their mother, that they're alive. Meanwhile, the embarrassed local police report that ghouls stole Jason and Whit's corpses. This is but the first of a number of fantastic episodes in which the criminals cheat death, with no logical explanation. Despite the surrealism, Mullen makes the despair of the Great Depression palpable, as his antiheroes become folk icons to the downtrodden people of the Midwest resentful of a government that can't help them. Readers comfortable with significant narrative ambiguities will be engrossed."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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