Alt-history turns robbers to Robin Hood

Cover photo Pumpjack Press

In the depths of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were front-page news with their daring robberies and cop-killing escapades. Seen by the working class as anti-heroes thumbing their noses at the economic system that impoverished them, Bonnie and Clyde died in a hail of bullets on May 23, 1934, when law enforcement and a posse of vigilantes ambushed them near Sailes, Louisiana.

Or did they?

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall are back with an alternate-history series exploring what might have happened if Bonnie and Clyde were given a second chance to atone for their crimes, and their signature blend of sex, danger and intrigue, coupled with just the right dose of cheeky humor, is along for the ride.

“Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road” posits that the murderous duo didn’t perish that day, but instead are given a choice: Embark on a secret life to save American democracy, or pay the ultimate price. President Franklin Roosevelt is trying to pass his New Deal legislation, but the fat cats of Wall Street are willing to go to any lengths, including murder, to maintain the status quo: All for us, and none for the common man. Will America’s favorite bad seeds save the day, and their own skins in the process? As the rich get richer and the middle class becomes more desperate in present-day America, “Resurrection Road” is a timely reminder that sometimes the solution to a problem comes from the least likely source.

The book will be released May 23 on the 83rd anniversary of the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde.

“Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road,” by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall. © 2017, Pumpjack Press.

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