Meet Depression-era newlyweds Bennie and Stella. He’s reckless, she’s naive. Longing for freedom from tough times, they rob a bank, setting off a series of events that quickly spin out of their control
Under an Outlaw Moon is based on the true story of Depression-era bank robbers Bennie and Stella Mae Dickson. She’s a teenage outsider longing to fit in. He’s a few years older and he’s trouble. They meet at a local skating rink and the sparks fly.
They marry and Stella dreams of a nice house with a swing out back, while Bennie figures out how to get enough money to make it happen. Setting his sights on the good life, he decides to rob a bank. Talking Stella into it, he lays out his plan and teaches her to shoot. The newlyweds celebrate her 16th birthday by robbing a local bank.
They pull it off, but the score is small, and Bennie realizes the money won’t last long, so he plans a bigger robbery. What lays ahead is more than either of them bargained for. After J. Edgar Hoover finds out they crossed state lines, he declares them public enemies number one and two — wanted dead or alive. So much for the good life. The manhunt is on, and there’s little room for them to run.
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Under an Outlaw Moon takes us back in time to the depression-era days of Bonnie and Clyde. Based on a true story about another young Outlaw couple who grew up too fast, this novel tells the story of Bennie and Stella Mae, two young kids who met at the roller rink. He’s out of the reformatory, enjoying a well-deserved pardon with hopes of being a middleweight contender and driving a cab. She looks like she could be eighteen, but even sixteen’s pushing it. Secretly engaged, just two young kids, but Bennie is one of those guys who can’t stay out of trouble if he tried. Eventually, like the man once said, they turn to banks cause that’s where the money is and a legend is born – a most wanted legend, that is, with Hoover’s boys on their tails. It’s a novel that succeeds and is quite an un-putdownable read. It’s like following along with a younger – and slightly more innocent – Bonnie and Clyde. Even as they are robbing banks, Bennie still thinks he can study and pass the Bar. She thinks she’ll get a house with a white picket fence. Surprisingly, the story which is set back in 1938 feels fresh and new.