This absorbing narrative chronicles the criminal adventures and
misadventures of one of America's most infamous families. Ma
Barker, her boys and their pals devised crime sprees that spread
like prairie wildfires throughout the quiet little towns of
mid-America in the 1920s and '30s.
Raised in the rough-and-tumble boomtown of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
Arrie Barker's four sons quickly moved up the ranks from childhood
delinquency to robbery and murder, all the while enjoying their
mother's outspoken protection and defense. As their crimes
escalated, they found their niche in a network of gangs that roamed
Author Robert Winter has done an impressive job of researching
the lives of these legendary anti-heroes, and he recreates their
exploits -- from bravado to blunders -- in fascinating detail. His
fast, crisp style and occasional bursts of humor appropriately echo
the fast guns of these outlaws and the women who ran with them.
Appearing in dramatic counterpoint are the brave lawmen who fought
hard to protect their communities. Whether a historian or
true-crime buff, you will find these stories of blowing safes,
sawed-off shotguns and daring prison escapes fascinating and
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