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Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road

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Resurrection Road
Book One in a New Trilogy

Genre:  Alternative Historical Fiction / Thriller
Date of Publication: April 22, 2017
Pages: 308
Publisher: Pumpjack Press
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In an alternate timeline, legendary lovers Bonnie and Clyde are given one last shot at redemption.
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 old woman claims to be Bonnie Parker. Turns out, she says, it wasn’t Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed fifty years earlier. Instead, the outlaws were kidnapped, forced into a covert life and given a deadly mission—save President Roosevelt from an assassination plot financed by industrialists determined to sink the New Deal.
Thrust into a fight against greed they didn’t ask for, but now must win in order to save themselves and their families, will the notorious duo overcome their criminal pasts and put their “skills” to use fighting for justice for the working class?
Cutting back and forth between the modern era where the shocked reporter investigates the potential scoop-of-the-century, and the desperate undercover exploits of Bonnie and Clyde in 1934, Resurrection Road is a page-turning sleep-wrecker.
Bonnie and Clyde. Saving democracy, one bank robbery at a time. 

“Sex, danger and intrigue, coupled with just the right dose of cheeky humor,” — East Oregonian 
“A Depression-era tale timely with reflections on fat cats and a rigged economic system that still ring true. More than that, the story is 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,” — Kirkus Reviews 
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Behind the headlines: Clyde really, REALLY loved Fords

Bonnie and Clyde pictured sitting on the running board of an old Ford.

Here’s what happened. Clyde had a fight with his girlfriend at the time, Eleanor Bee Williams (he had her initials tattooed on his arm), and she left Dallas to stay with family in nearby Broaddus, Texas. Clyde, hoping to win her back, rented a car and traveled to see her, but didn’t pay the extra cost required to take the rented car out of town. When he didn’t bring it back, the rental agency called the cops and they put out a warrant.

The car company declined to press charges and the local law went along with that, but Clyde was now officially on their watch list.

While Clyde had legitimate employment during this early period, he also was doing some robbing and car thieving on the side. For example, a few weeks later, Clyde was arrested again, along with his older brother Buck, driving a truck full of stolen turkeys. Eventually, they petty crimes got him a very long sentence in prison—the infamous Eastham prison in Texas where he was forced to work under horrible conditions on a cotton-planting crew.

Some people, including us, speculate that it was this forced hard labor (he cut off two of his toes to try to get out of it) along with other terrible, humiliating things that happened to Clyde in prison that set him firmly on the course away from petty crime to becoming a notorious outlaw. When he finally was released early due to his mother begging for clemency, Clyde was embittered, and never went on the straight path again.

But on a lighter note, and getting back to the story about cars, Clyde loved cars. He stole a lot of cars in his day, and his favorite was always the classic Ford V8. It had a lot of horsepower, and combined with his superlative driving skills, got Bonnie and Clyde out of many scrapes with the law.

Clyde loved the Ford cars so much, he sent a letter praising them to Henry Ford himself. The letter, postmarked from Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 10 1934, read:

Mr. Henry Ford
Detroit, Mich.

Dear Sir:

While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.

Yours truly

Clyde Champion Barrow

While it’s almost impossible to verify—experts think the handwriting actually looks more like Bonnie’s script—the timing was right and it certainly sounds like something he’d do. The letter is on display today at the Ford museum.

In our book, Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road, the outlaw lovers avoid the gruesome death reported in the papers and are forced to work for the good guys—the government. Clyde spends plenty of time behind the wheel, along with Bonnie, as they try to outrun an assassin and save President Franklin Roosevelt from a deadly plot against his life.

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A native of Texas, Clark Hays spent his early childhood there and then moved for a decade with his family around the world following the job of his father, a legendary wildcat petroleum drilling engineer, before finally landing on a Montana ranch. Kathleen McFall was born and raised in Washington, D.C.
Between the two of them, the authors have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to energy journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met in the early 1990s, their writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection as a test for marriage. They passed. Their debut novel was picked up by Llewellyn (St. Paul, MN) with a first edition published in 1999, making it among the earliest stories in the resurgence and reimagining of the undead myth for modern audiences.
Since then, Clark and Kathleen have published five novels together—the latest reimagines the life of the legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
Clark and Kathleen have won several writing awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination (Clark) and a fiction fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts (Kathleen). Their books have been honored with a Best Books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, Best Books of 2016 by IndieReader, and a 2017 Silver IPPY Medalist. 
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