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Willie Sutton

By Robert Polito, the New York Times

Historical fiction might disappoint for lots of recondite literary reasons, but some imaginative re-­creations just can’t live up to their real-life originals.

Paradoxical and elusive, the bank robber Willie Sutton would appear to be a ready-made candidate for a smart, kaleidoscopic novel along the lines of T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “Road to Wellville,” Don DeLillo’s “Libra” and James Ellroy’s “L.A. Confidential,” or even for a crafty bio­pic with the chameleonlike spirit of Todd Haynes’s “I’m Not There,” in which six actors play aspects of Bob Dylan. Read Rest Here on  NY Times