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From "one of the best crime writers at work today" (Michael Connelly) comes a fast, funny, violent new noir crime classic--a Coen Brothers movie come to life.

He has been compared to Lehane, Ellroy, and Pelecanos, but Ace Atkins's rich, raucous, passionate blend of historical novel and crime story is all his own and never more so than in Infamous .

In July 1933, the gangster known as George "Machine Gun" Kelly staged the kidnapping-for-ransom of an Oklahoma oil­man. He would live to regret it. Kelly was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, and what started clean soon became messy, as two of his partners cut themselves into the action; a determined former Texas Ranger makes tracking Kelly his mission; and Kelly's wife, ever alert to her own self-interest, starts playing both ends against the middle.

The result is a mesmerizing tale set in the first days of the modern FBI, featuring one of the best femmes fatales in history--the Lady Macbeth of Depression-era crime--a great unexpected hero, and some of the most colorful supporting characters in recent crime fiction.

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Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399156304
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 24 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


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