"A powerfully nuanced love story... The dialogue is marvelous, with an air of eavesdropping on real conversations, and the Kid strides the pages as you would have him: wily and wise, laconic and patient, hard-edged and deadly when pushed... historical fiction of extraordinary intelligence and descriptive power."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The Old West meets New York in this clever, highly entertaining novel. Harry Longbaugh is an insightful, wily and romantic man. His quest to find his missing wife, Etta, takes us on an enthralling journey through the neighborhoods and streets of old New York."
-- Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire
"Sundance prances on the page, sometimes rollicking, always high-spirited, as the Kid - yes, that Kid - returns. Harry Longbaugh's poignant search for the woman who almost waited for him is a tale told with rare flair. He's an outlaw to root for."
-- Ivan Doig, author of The Bartender's Tale
"In his ingenious new novel, David Fuller pulls off a heist worthy of the Sundance Kid himself -- he steals a page from the history books and utterly rewrites it. Mixing fact with fancy, Fuller paints a vibrant portrait of an America just beginning to flex its muscles at the turn of the twentieth century... and of a celebrated outlaw whose own career reflected every change in the world around him. It's wilder than a rodeo ride and more rewarding than a bank robbery."
-- Robert Masello, author of The Romanov Cross
"David Fuller loves historical speculation and does it with precision and grace. His SWEETSMOKE was a tour de force about American slavery. Now, SUNDANCE is easily its equal, a well crafted and compelling yarn about the possibility that Harry Longbaugh, the Sundance Kid, did not die in Bolivia with Butch Cassidy but ended up out of place in New York City searching for his beloved Etta Place. A fascinating idea and a very satisfying read."
-- Selden Edwards, author of The Little Book and The Lost Prince
"Sundance is an intriguing and unique alternative history of Harry Longbaugh -- the Sundance Kid -- that assumes something many Wyomingites absolutely believe: that he didn't die in South America with Butch Cassidy after all."
-- C.J. Box, author of The Highway and Open Season
Legend has it that bank robber Harry Longbaugh and his partner Robert Parker were killed in a shootout in Boliva. That was the supposed end of the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy.
Sundance tells a different story. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Longbaugh is very much alive, though serving in a Wyoming prison under an alias.
When he is released in 1913, Longbaugh reenters a changed world. Horses are being replaced by automobiles. Gas lamps are giving way to electric lights. Workers fight for safety, and women for the vote. What hasn't changed are Longbaugh's ingenuity, his deadly aim, and his love for his wife, Etta Place.
It's been two years since Etta stopped writing to him, and, determined to find her, Longbaugh follows her trail to New York City. Confounded by the city's immensity, energy, chaos, and crowds, he learns that his wife was very different from the woman he thought he knew. Longbaugh finds himself in a tense game of cat and mouse, racing against time before the legend of the Sundance Kid catches up to destroy him.
By turns suspenseful, rollicking, and poignant, Sundance is the story of a man dogged by his own past, seeking his true place in this new world.