What if Bonnie and Clyde survived?
“A fantastic story.”
“Loved, loved it! Hated to finish it!!”
“This story deeply touched me.”
“An exciting ride, with tight corners, narrow escapes and real romantic heat between Bonnie and Clyde. Outlaws become patriots in this imaginative, suspenseful what-if story. Thoroughly entertaining.”
“Shadowy intrigue, plenty of suspects and enough behind-the-scenes and under-the-covers action to keep the narrative sizzling to the final page.”
Saving the future by exploding the past.
Book Three in the Bonnie and Clyde series will be released on May 23, 2019 — the 85th anniversary of the deaths of the outlaw lovers.
It's January 1945, six years since the start of World War Two. As the bloody conflict drags on, America has undertaken a massive top-secret effort to unleash the power of the atom and develop the first nuclear bomb. A network of Nazi and Soviet spies is determined to steal the technology, or failing that, sabotage the project.
A decade has passed since the infamous outlaw lovers were spared their gruesome deaths and forced into a covert life. Now seasoned spies, they're embedded in the Manhattan Project, as bar owners and petty crooks, trying to sort out who would sell out the USA to its enemies.
And in the storyline set in 1984, Royce and the now-elderly Bonnie finally learn the devastating truth: Who Sal—the brains behind forcing Bonnie and Clyde into covert service defending the working class all those years—really was.
Saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time.
The story begins in 1984 when a reporter gets a tip to meet an old woman at a Texas cemetery. Cradling an antique rifle and standing over a freshly dug grave, the woman claims to be Bonnie Parker, 75 years old, there to bury the love of her life—who has just died—Clyde Barrow.
Impossible, says the reporter. The murdering duo died 50 years ago.
But the woman insists that it wasn't Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed on that fateful day on a county road near Sailes, Louisiana in 1934. Instead, the outlaws were kidnapped, forced into a covert life and given their first mission—save President Roosevelt from an assassination plot financed by industrialist fat cats determined to sink the New Deal policies.
The story cuts back and forth between the modern era where the shocked reporter begins to investigate the potential scoop-of-the-century, and the undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde, as they are thrust into a fight to defend the working class against corporate greed during America's Great Depression.
“The perfect escape.”
Defending the working class from a river of greed.
The year is 1935 and the Great Depression has America in a death grip of poverty, unemployment and starvation. But the New Deal is rekindling hope, with federally funded infrastructure projects, like Hoover Dam, putting people back to work. Set to harness the mighty Colorado River for electricity and irrigation, the dam is an engineering marvel and symbol of American can-do spirit.
So, why is someone trying to blow it up?
When an informant on the construction site is murdered, Bonnie and Clyde—spared from their gruesome deaths and forced into a covert life working for the government—are given their second assignment: stop the bomb and protect the thousands of laborers and families in the company town. It's their most dangerous mission yet: working for a living.
Can the notorious lovers put aside their criminal ways long enough to find out who wants to extinguish the American dream and reclaim a shred of redemption along the way?
The thrilling story cuts back in forth between 1935 at Hoover Dam and the modern era where a reporter and the now-elderly Bonnie Parker investigate who died instead of the outlaw lovers in the bullet-riddled car and who inside the government forcing them into covert criminal activity on behalf of the government. And as they get closer to the truth, the investigation turns deadly.
“A Depression-era tale timely with reflections on wealthy fat cats and a rigged economic system that still ring true.”
“A rollicking good read! Blends fiction with nonfiction elements in a way that makes it hard to put down. Exceptional.”
Midwest Book Review
The Kirkus Reviews interview of authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
What made Bonnie and Clyde interesting to you as characters?
Bonnie and Clyde were the ultimate rebels without a cause. They were young, broke, wildly in love, and, courtesy of a bank-robbing spree, they lashed out against a rigged economic system destined to grind them into dust. For a short while, until it all went bad, people struggling through the Great Depression lived vicariously through Bonnie and Clyde. We built on that, creating an alternate reality in which the charismatic outlaw lovers had a chance to atone for their crimes by becoming defenders of the working class.
What do you feel makes your alternative timeline relevant for today?
The 1930s were characterized by unprecedented income and wealth inequality, homelessness, and poverty. Sound familiar? We see a role today for storytelling to remind readers that during the 1930s, the government reined in the more destructive aspects of capitalism with innovative policies and worker protections. We want to inspire people to demand similar solutions to our current economic challenges.
Read the full interview here Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall take on the publishing industry
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