What if Bonnie and Clyde survived?

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“Outlaws become patriots in this imaginative, suspenseful what-if story. Thoroughly entertaining.”

Kirkus Reviews

Sex, danger and intrigue with just the right dose of cheeky humor; sizzling.”

East Oregonian

“A rollicking good read! Blends fiction with nonfiction elements in a way that makes it hard to put down. Exceptional.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Loved, loved it! Hated to finish it!!”

“The perfect escape.”

“This story deeply touched me.”

Reader reviews

Bonnie and Clyde are saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time.

Bonnie and Clyde are saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time.

Saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time.

In the provocative “what-if” novel Resurrection Road, the first book of the series, legendary outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde are given one last shot at redemption, when a shadowy organization forces the notorious duo to put their “skills” to use in the service of economic justice for the forgotten man. 

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—Clyde Barrow.

Impossible, says the reporter. The murderous duo died 50 years ago. 

But the woman insists that it wasn’t Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed and killed 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 a desperate mission—save President Roosevelt from an assassination plot financed by industrialist fat cats determined to sink the New Deal policies. 

The thrilling story cuts back and forth between the modern era where the shocked reporter begins to investigate the potential scoop-of-the-century, and the dangerous 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. 

With reflections on a rigged economic system that still ring true, Resurrection Road tells a gripping, page-turning tale, recasting the Bonnie and Clyde legend into a powerful parable about the Gilded Age mirrored in today's economic landscape.

“A fast-moving, absorbing and danger-rich ride through some of the worst days of America’s Great Depression.” 

Lone Star Literary Review  

“The framing story—the widowed Bonnie’s 1984 recollections—gives the novel an extra layer of poignancy.”

Kirkus Reviews

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Saving the working class from a river of greed.

In the second book of the series, 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 hopefully reclaim a shred of redemption along the way? 

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“The outlaws come off as a wisecracking, low-rent version of Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man but underlying all the shenanigans is a serious consideration of the nature of patriotism in America.” 

Kirkus Reviews

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Saving the future by exploding the past.

In the third—and final—book in the series, 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. 

But first, they have to get past Bonnie and Clyde. 

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. 

In a heart-pounding adventure spanning the windswept landscapes of eastern Washington to an isolated internment camp in the California mountains, Bonnie and Clyde face deception at every turn along with a personal tragedy, pushing them close to the edge. 

Can the former outlaws put aside their desire for revenge long enough to help end the war?

And in the parallel 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 ago—really was.

“A literary breath of fresh air, deftly evolving from a story of thieves and murders to an inspection of war, social issues and second chances not just for the characters, but for America itself.”

Midwest Book Review


An interview with 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.

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