Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
When Willie “The Actor” Sutton was pardoned on Christmas Eve 1969 he granted one interview. This is the fictionalized account of what transpired on Christmas Day between Sutton, the photographer and the reporter. No one really knows what was said. This is a story told in flashbacks, memories and wishes. The way all lives are recalled.
While the broad strokes of Sutton’s life are based on what really happened, Moehringer fills in the details. Details that make this story a thoroughly engrossing read. From his childhood on the streets of Brooklyn, to his training, his bank robberies and from one prison cell (and escape) after another, we follow Sutton and his friends, enemies and his great love, through time.
If you’re a fan of character studies you really shouldn’t pass this one by. This is a story about growing up poor in New York City before, during and after the Depression. A story of a man who wanted, and got, more out of life, one bank robbery at a time…