Infamous by Ace Atkins

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"Compelling...[Atkins] captures the imminent end of the gangster heyday."

In July 1933, the gangster known as George "Machine Gun" Kelly staged the kidnapping-forransom of an Oklahoma oilman. He would live to regret it.

Once again Ace Atkins transforms real-life events into riveting, thrilling fiction. Infamous is a passionate blend of historical novel and crime story-set in the first days of the modern FBI, featuring an unexpected hero, some of the most colorful supporting characters in recent crime fiction, and the unforgettable Kathryn Kelly (George Kelly's wife), the Lady Macbeth of Depression-era crime.

About Ace Atkins

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Ace Atkins is the author of White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, Infamous, and four Nick Travers novels. He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
Published April 12, 2010 by Berkley. 448 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In his compulsively readable latest, Atkins (Devil’s Garden, 2009, etc.) takes a revisionist look at the life and times of Machine Gun Kelly and the very bad woman who stood behind him.

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Set in 1933, Atkins's winning fourth history-based novel focuses on two figures who, as the author explains in an introduction, have been undeservedly “lost in the shuffle of Depression-era gangsters”: George Kelly, who ironically gets saddled with the nickname “Machine Gun,” and his wife, Kathryn.

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In 1933, smalltime bank robber George "machine gun" Kelly, at the instigation of his wife, kidnapped Oklahoma oil man Charles Urschel and held him for ransom.

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Book Reporter

If you’ve read him before, he’s already on your list and will stay there --- carved in stone --- after you read his latest.

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Tampa Bay Times

(Was there a law in the '30s requiring everyone to have a nickname?) A former Texas Ranger and Customs agent, he has faced down imposing desperadoes like Pancho Villa and is determined not to let Kelly and his gang get away — especially a pair of gunmen named Harvey Bailey and Verne Miller, who k...

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Spinetingler Magazine

As much ass as the aforementionables all kicked, Ace Atkins outdoes them all with Infamous, a novel large enough in scope and specific enough in historical detail to appease James Ellroy fans, yet also sharp and breezily paced enough for readers with a bent for books of a more Leonardian stripe (...

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True Crime Book Reviews

I am loving these historical crime fiction novels (as a second to my first love of true crime, of course) and so pleased to see these cases being resurrected with such flair and creativity without losing important historical facts.

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