Infamous

Infamous

Book - 2011
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a fast, funny, violent noir novel based on the crimes of George "Machine Gun" Kelly.

In July 1933, a gangster staged the kidnapping-for-ransom of an Oklahoma oilman. He would live to regret it. What started clean soon turns messy as two of "Machine Gun" Kelly's partners cut themselves into the action, a determined former Texas Ranger makes tracking Kelly his mission, and his wife, ever alert to her own self-interest, starts playing both sides...

Set in the first days of the modern FBI, Infamous is a passionate blend of historical novel and crime story featuring an unexpected hero, some of the most colorful supporting characters in recent crime fiction, and unforgettable femme fatale Kathryn Kelly--the Lady Macbeth of Depression-era crime.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2011
Edition: Berkley trade pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780425239018
0425239012
Branch Call Number: ATKINS A
Characteristics: 432 pages : map ; 21 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jun 08, 2014

"In this action-packed novel, author Ace Atkins vividly recreates the career of real-life gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly, a small-time crook who, urged by his ambitious wife, takes on his biggest job ever: kidnapping wealthy Oklahoma oilman Charles Urschel. But with other gangsters anxious for a piece of the action and a persistent federal agent hot on his trail, can the new "Public Enemy No. 1" survive the big time -- or will he end up doing hard time? If 1930s gangsters interest you, you can also try Elmore Leonard's The Hot Kid or Max Allan Collins' graphic novel Road to Perdition, though as real and colourful as they might seem, neither of these are based on historical figures or events. Or, try Atkins' other historical suspense novels based on real people and events, Devil's Garden, Wicked City, or White Shadow." Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/46456724-8c0d-4dd8-9d2e-25b88bb2b92d?postId=aa07aa9f-8cbf-4f12-a5dc-e97d0c918914

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