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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Mullen Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Late one night in August 1934, following a yearlong spree of bank robberies across the Midwest, Jason and Whit Fireson are forced into a police shootout and die … for the first time.

Now it appears that the bank robbers known as the Firefly Brothers by an admiring public have at last met their end in a hail of bullets. Jason and Whit’s lovers—Darcy, a wealthy socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor—struggle between grief and an unyielding belief that the Firesons have survived. While they and the Firesons’ stunned mother and straight-arrow third son wade through conflicting police reports and press accounts, wild rumors spread that the bandits are still at large. Through it all, the Firefly Brothers remain as charismatic, unflappable, and as mythical as the American Dream itself, racing to find the women they love and make sense of a world in which all has come unmoored.

Complete with kidnappings, gangsters, heiresses, and speakeasies, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is an imaginative and spirited saga about what happens when you are hopelessly outgunned—and a masterly tale of hardship, redemption, and love that transcends death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven | 2/12/2014

    " This book will take you back to the depression without being too gloomy or too criminal glorifying. I enjoyed learning about the struggles of everyone during this era. The brothers interaction was interesting. Like brothers would interact. I wish Whit had more pages but Darcy and Jason were able to carry the story on there own. They were the glamorous side of prohabition and years after. Whit represents the downtrodden trying to fight back. It's worth the read even if it starts slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 2/7/2014

    " Nice mix of period fiction and fantasy. Well written page turner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 2/5/2014

    " Fun read! Gangster bank robbers in the 30s who keep getting killed and coming back to life. They are just as baffled by their circumstances as the reader. Very enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracy | 1/28/2014

    " Goodness this book was hard to get through. Interesting premise, great characters, but way too much back story that doesn't lead to as much of a shocking end as the writer thinks. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, and The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. His books have been named Best of the Year by such publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Onion, and Amazon.com. He lives with his wife and sons in Atlanta.