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World, Chase Me Down: A Novel
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Winner of the 2018 Nebraska Book Award for Fiction

A rousing, suspenseful debut novel—True Grit meets Catch Me If You Can—based on the forgotten true story of a Robin Hood of the American frontier who pulls off the first successful kidnapping for ransom in U.S. history


“A kidnapper with a social-justice mission” (Time), Pat Crowe was once the most wanted man in America. World, Chase Me Down resurrects him, telling the electrifying story of the first great crime of the last century: how in 1900 the out-of-work former butcher kidnapped the teenage son of Omaha’s wealthiest meatpacking tycoon for a ransom of $25,000 in gold, and then burgled, safe-cracked, and bond-jumped his way across the country and beyond, inciting a manhunt that was dubbed “the thrill of the nation” and a showdown in the court of public opinion between the haves and have-nots—all the while plotting a return to the woman he never stopped loving. As if channeling Mark Twain and Charles Portis, Andrew Hilleman has given us a character who is bawdy and soulful, grizzled, salty, and hard-drinking, and with a voice as unforgettable as that of Lucy Marsden in Alan Gurganus’s Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All—an antihero you can’t help rooting for.
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“A kidnapper with a social-justice mission” (Time), Pat Crowe was once the most wanted man in America. World, Chase Me Down resurrects him, telling the electrifying story of the first great crime of the last century: how in 1900 the out-of-work former butcher kidnapped the teenage son of Omaha’s wealthiest meatpacking tycoon for a ransom of $25,000 in gold, and then burgled, safe-cracked, and bond-jumped his way across the country and beyond, inciting a manhunt that was dubbed “the thrill of the nation” and a showdown in the court of public opinion between the haves and have-nots—all the while plotting a return to the woman he never stopped loving. As if channeling Mark Twain and Charles Portis, Andrew Hilleman has given us a character who is bawdy and soulful, grizzled, salty, and hard-drinking, and with a voice as unforgettable as that of Lucy Marsden in Alan Gurganus’s Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All—an antihero you can’t help rooting for.
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        November 7, 2016
        In this lively first novel, Hilleman re-
        imagines the life of a turn-of-the-20th-century kidnapper who committed the first “crime of the century.” On Dec. 18, 1900, Pat Crowe and his accomplice, Billy Cavanaugh, abduct the 16-year-old son of Edward Cudahy, owner of a meatpacking plant in Omaha, Neb. During the abduction, Cudahy recognizes Pat, forcing the kidnapper to go on the lam—to Japan, then South Africa, where he fights with the Boer army. Arrested after more misadventures back in the U.S., Pat is put on trial, finding himself a political pawn of the haves and a folk hero to the have-nots. In flashbacks we see Pat’s marriage to a woman named Hattie and what transpired with Cudahy to inspire the kidnapping. A framing device places Pat in the 1930s, where, among other things, he tries to make himself useful to detectives in Hopewell, N.J., investigating the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Although the story is based on a variety of firsthand accounts, the author refuses to be bound by facts alone, and the result is a raucous example of narrative invention. Pat makes for an enthusiastic narrator, and he ends his story on a surprising note that affirms man’s infinite capacity for resilience in the face of life’s harsh vicissitudes.

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        December 15, 2016
        A fictionalized tale about Pat Crowe, whose real-life abduction of an affluent Nebraskan's son was the first successful kidnapping for ransom in the U.S. At the dawn of the 20th century, Crowe, down on his luck after failing at business and marriage, kidnaps the son of wealthy Edward Cudahy, who briefly employed Crowe in his stockyards. Told from the perspective of an elderly Crowe, "near ruin" in 1939, Hilleman's action-packed debut tracks the loquacious outlaw from his earnest beginnings to his descent into crime and to his trial, during which his lawyer exploits populist fervor to portray his client as a latter-day Robin Hood. (Crowe's crime would go on to inspire copycats, including the abduction of the Lindbergh baby.) The novel is nicely structured--chapters alternate between the kidnapping and its aftermath and a rich back story--and Crowe's remembrances of his five wild years on the run are especially fun, with memorable scenes set everywhere from a cantina in Arizona to South Africa during the Second Boer War. The supporting cast is pleasingly despicable, including Pat's hapless accomplice, Billy, and an assortment of scoundrels on both sides of the law. The attention to historical detail is illuminating throughout. Hilleman runs into some trouble during Crowe's trial, spending too much time on lengthy courtroom exchanges, draining the narrative of some well-earned momentum. And while Hilleman addresses issues of class, the story never quite elevates itself past exuberant adventure tale. But elevation can be overrated: as Crowe's story proves, sometimes the best view is from the ground floor. A bit slow going toward the end, but for readers looking for a diverting escape into the Wild (mid-) West, this one's a winner.

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“A kidnapper with a social-justice mission” (Time), Pat Crowe was once the most wanted man in America. World, Chase Me Down resurrects him, telling the electrifying story of the first great crime of the last century: how in 1900 the out-of-work former butcher kidnapped the teenage son of Omaha’s wealthiest meatpacking tycoon for a ransom of $25,000 in gold, and then burgled, safe-cracked, and bond-jumped his way across the country and beyond, inciting a manhunt that was dubbed “the thrill of the nation” and a showdown in the court of public opinion between the haves and have-nots—all the while plotting a...
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