23 Oct

Part historical fiction, part pulp fantasy, Atlanta-based writer Thomas Mullen takes us on a romp into the Great Depression through the eyes of the Fireson Brothers aka the Firefly brothers.

This gangster drama was an impulse buy for me, and whilst I liked some of the characters and the comparisons to Bonnie and Clyde, and prohibition, I think Mullen missed the mark on this one.

The stark reality is that this book is rather odd and confusing. We are thrust into an underbelly of the downtrodden and become embroiled in its dark side. We join the gang, take part in the shootouts that kill the brothers, yet we never know how or why the Fireflys keep coming back from the dead. Mullen weaves a good yarn but leaves too many ends dangling throughout.

I kept reading thinking that Mullen was going to pull it all together by book’s end. He never did.

Random House – soft cover 2011


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