Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd

A Novel

Book - 1994
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Follows the life of Pretty Boy Floyd, the irresistible young gangster who charmed his way into Americans' hearts during the 1920s even as he robbed their banks

Blackwell North Amer
The time is 1925. The place, St. Louis, Missouri. Charley Floyd, a good-looking, sweet-smiling country boy from Oklahoma working as a baker's helper at the Kroger Bakery, has just taken the big step that will make him, very shortly, a legend in his own lifetime: he has just robbed his first armored car.
Charley is an irresistible invention, as American as Huck Finn, a young man so charming that it's hard not to like him, even as he's robbing you at gunpoint. The women in his life - his tough-talking mentor and lover, Ma Ash (an older woman who recognizes just where Charley is headed, but can't stop him), his long-suffering, loyal wife, Ruby, his equally loyal girlfriend, Beulah, his mother, Mamie, and a good many more - are as charmed by him as the hill people of the Ozarks, who hide him out when he's on the run from the law. The only people who aren't charmed by Charley are the federal agents tracking him down, particularly his nemesis, J. Edgar Hoover, who sees in Pretty Boy Floyd a way of making his Bureau of Investigation famous.
Written in collaboration by Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove, and his screen-writing partner, Diana Ossana, Pretty Boy Floyd, soon to be a major motion picture, is as fast-paced as Charley Floyd's own career, which takes him from small-time robbery to national notoriety in a roller-coaster ride of bank heists, love affairs, shootings, and newspaper headlines that exemplifies both the celebrity hunger of the Depression era and the glamour that surrounded - and inevitably destroyed - young men like Charley Floyd, who chose, for the most part out of boredom with rural life, the outlaw trail.
Set in the heart of America, Pretty Boy Floyd is at once a richly comic masterpiece and a kind of American tragedy about the price of fame the corruption of innocence, and the fatal consequences of becoming, however unwittingly, a hero.
A major work of fiction, as profoundly American in its own way as McMurtry's own The Last Picture Show or Truman Capote's In Cold Blood - this is a brilliant debut for a remarkable new writing partnership.

& Taylor

The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove showcases the life of Pretty Boy Floyd, the irresistible young gangster who charmed his way into Americans' hearts during the 1920s even as he robbed their banks. 200,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994.
ISBN: 9780671891657
Branch Call Number: MAC
Characteristics: 444 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ossana, Diana


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