Charles Arthur Floyd, aka Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934), was one of the last so-called Robin Hood outlaws. He engaged in numerous bank-robbing exploits across the Midwest until federal agents and local police shot him down near East Liverpool, Ohio, on October 22, 1934. This detailed account of his life, crimes and death makes extensive use of FBI reports, government records, local newspapers and contemporary journalistic accounts.
The time is 1925. The place, St. Louis, Missouri. Charley Floyd, a good-looking, sweet-smiling country boy from Oklahoma, is about to rob his first armored car. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry and his writing partner, Diana Ossana, Pretty Boy Floyd traces the wild career of this legendary American folk hero, a young man so charming that it's hard not to like him, even as he's robbing you at gunpoint. From the bank heists and shootings that make him Public Enemy Number One to the women who love him, from the glamour-hungry nation that worships him to the G-men who track Charley down, Pretty Boy Floyd is both a richly comic masterpiece and an American tragedy about the price of fame and the corruption of innocence.
Pretty Boy The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd
"This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man."—Larry McMurtry From the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Michael Wallis evokes the hard times of the era as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age, when there were no jobs and no food, to his descent into a life of petty crime, bootlegging, murder, and prison. Before long he was one of the FBI's original "public enemies." After a series of spectacular bank robberies he was slain in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty. Pretty Boy is social history at its best, portraying, with a sweeping style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by the Depression.
My book consist of history, family relationships, love unconditionally, strong black women, child abuse, child exploitation, rape, con games, murder, kidnapping, lack of education academically, violence, slavery far back as the 1800's. child run away, child imprisonment's, child molestation, thievery, God being first, socialism, worldwide resolutions to social change and parenthood/child relationships and much more.
The hustle doesn't stop...it simply keeps going. That adage is put to the test when Lorenzo Watson sinks knee-deep in the everyday struggle of life. The bills pile up and Lorenzo is pushed to his limits to stay legal. He feels the lure to return to his hustling in the streets of Selma, North Carolina are somewhat deterred by his state job within the prison system. Lorenzo confides about his financial issues to his coworkers, Travis Dixon and thus begins Lorenzo's venture into a new hustle that grips him from the first transaction. Shayla Graham, mother of Lorenzo's first born is also faced with the demanding bills and the struggle to put food on the table. She loves Lorenzo with zero reservations, but in secret and behind Lorenzo's back, Shayla makes a hard decision that could very well tear their relationship apart. Pretty Boy Hustlerz is a fast-paced take based on love, lies, deceit and the right amount of sex to keep the pages turning.
Aesthete, Epicure, Adonis, Orator, Artiste— Who’s your pretty boy? A mysterious group known as the Pretty Boy Detective Club is rumored to solve (and perhaps cause) most of the trouble at Yubiwa Academy—in a strictly unofficial, undercover, uncommercial capacity, of course. In order to find a star she glimpsed ten years ago, second-year Mayumi Dojima enlists the Pretty Boy’s aid, and gets much more than she bargained for! When they run up against a shadowy organization called the Twenties, stargazing is suddenly the least of their worries. Mayumi’s entire future is in jeopardy, and the Pretty Boy Detective Club must race to solve the Mystery of the Dark Star before time runs out!
Pretty Boy Blues is the story of Barbara, a child who experiences abandonment, neglect, and abuse in a motherless home with a distant and disturbed father. She spends her childhood lonely and isolated, becoming a juvenile delinquent at eleven. Desperately looking for love, she drifts from one boy to the next, becoming pregnant and quitting school at the age of seventeen. She struggles through multiple relationships and several divorces before eventually going to college to become a psychologist. Plagued with insecurity, shame, and a shattered sense of self-worth, can she find gratification internally -- and not externally -- to fill the hole left in her from her childhood? Sadly, Barbara's story is not a unique one. Through her compelling memoir, victims of abuse will understand that they are as worthy of love and true happiness as anyone else.
Lorenzo, Travis, Shayla, Derrick and the entire cast return to bring a stunning closure to Pretty Boy Hustlerz. Lorenzo is now faced with a bigger choice when the heat is turned up with his unique hustle with the PBH Clique. He will have to either settle with his love for his family or continue to chase the money that seems to start growing on trees. Shayla will be tested in ways that she could never imaging. Her heart will take a hit when she learns that depth of Lorenzo's disloyalty. It will shape her and motivate her to put her family first...an act that Lorenzo seems to have a tough time doing. Travis and derrick are bent on keeping the money flowing toward PBH by any means. They will both have to expose their true colors, stepping into the light with their masks off. Pretty Boy Hustlerz is a story that had to be told and written by Victor Martin it will surly become an instant classic...repping Selma, North Carolina and stamping Victor's rise in urban lit.
Pretty Boy Detective Club The Dark Star that Shines for You Alone
“I really have to give this book the highest marks I can… I could say buy this if you like Nisioisin or if you like mysteries or if you like amazing characters but I don’t think it’s for just any one type of person. Let me say, if you’re reading this review: This book is for you… As far as the translation goes, I think they nailed it… To put it frankly, out of all Nisioisin’s English releases, this is one of his top. To put it even simpler: It’s beautiful. Five Out of Five Beautiful Dark Shining Stars.” — No Good Nerds “The translation reads well with no issues to note… There is plenty to like and, as always, the author delivers an engrossing story with witty dialogue and interesting characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of mysteries the Pretty Boy Detective Club tackle in the volumes to follow… Overall, Pretty Boy Detective Club offers another satisfying read for fans of NISIOISIN’s works.” — Anime UK News