Forge, Feb. 2004, 23.95, 249pp
In Depression Era Texas, Bonnie Thornton works at Marc's Café while her husband Roy is spending five years behind bars. One day Clyde Barrow enters the café and he and Bonnie cannot stop looking at each other. Though she is married, they begin seeing one another as Bonnie's penchant for bad boys with a certain edge is clearly packaged in the 5'7” 120 pounds Clyde.
Soon Bonnie helps Clyde break out from jail and is arrested for her part in his escape. Not long afterward, Bonnie and Clyde begin riding together robbing banks and killing people with a vow that they will live and die together forever.
This is a strong work of fiction that brings to life a great love story even if the lead couple were a deadly pair. It is the love story that has romanticized this odd relationship and that is the prime focus of this delightful story line. From the first time they saw each other until the final shooting in their car, in spite of the bloody trail, Bonnie and Clyde has become a romance legend and that is what this book is all about.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner