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The lives and the legends of doomed outlaw lovers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker unfortunately take a back seat to Schneider's narrative style in this heavily researched but poorly executed account. Despite his claim that no dialogue has been invented, Schneider's approach-addressing Clyde as "you" ("Feels like you and Bonnie are hot as hell everywhere")-is jarring and irritating. Opening in 1934 when Bonnie and Clyde helped several prisoners break out from Eastham Prison Farm in Texas, , Schneider (Brutal Journey ) then rewinds to Clyde's hardscrabble youth in the slums outside Dallas, where he met Bonnie in 1930. The increasingly violent exploits of the Barrow Gang are evocative, especially Clyde's first-and arguably only-premeditated murder in 1931. Yet true to his style, even in their final moments in the ambushed, bullet-ridden car, Schneider forces on readers his own version of Clyde's last thoughts-"you remember Bonnie drinking hot chocolate"-and ruins what should have been a moment of literal and literary silence. B&w photos. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.