Depression-era alternate history highlights union clash

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are on the case again, with a new mission to save FDR’s most audacious project yet: Hoover Dam. “Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation” is the second in a series by Portland authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall imagining an alternate history for the most notorious robbery duo of the 20th century.

Yanked out of a comfortable “retirement” by their handler in 1935, the couple faces their most serious nemesis — gainful employment — while juggling Italian anarchists, Mafia bosses and union-busting goons in a race to determine who wants the project to fail. But a lapse in judgment threatens to derail their undercover scheme.

On the story’s parallel track in 1984, Bonnie teams up with journalist Royce Jenkins to discover who was really shot during the ambush that supposedly killed the famous bank-robbing couple, though danger lurks around every corner. Someone doesn’t want the real story to be told, and will go to great lengths to keep them quiet.

Released on the 109th birthday of Clyde Barrow and set against a backdrop of the Great Depression and the working man’s clash with big business and greedy banks over their fair share of the pie, “Dam Nation” highlights the real-life turmoil of the 1930s as only Hays and McFall can ­— shadowy intrigue, plenty of suspects and enough behind-the-scenes and under-the-covers action to keep the narrative sizzling along to the final page.

“Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation,” by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall. © 2018, Pumpjack Press.

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