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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (130 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ace Atkins Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400185665
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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 oil-man. 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-interests, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Atkins brings to vivid life the henpecked George and the bloodthirsty Kathryn as he convincingly conjures up a past era. Publishers Weekly
  • “Not just for crime fans, this should appeal to a wide readership.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Like many fine historical crime novels, Infamous offers a window on society, then and now.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel Titcombe | 2/8/2014

    " Didn't finish it, bored me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/27/2014

    " Another well-written novel that includes real people. My only criticism is that "Machine Gun" Kelly uses too many 50 cent words in his letter to his kidnap victim at the end of the book. The letter seems too well written and knowledgeable in vocabulary for someone who mainly liked to drink and mess around with his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/17/2014

    " Three and a half stars rounded down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Brown | 1/12/2014

    " Fun read! would like to read the real deal/background story of Machine Gun and Kit. Story was a bit confusing and hard to follow...but still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 12/16/2013

    " I found it a bit tiresome and hard to follow at the beginning, but gradually got caught up in the story and the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/14/2013

    " I haven't had this much fun reading a book since I solved the Fatty Arbuckle rape case along with Dashiell Hammett and Ace Atkins in Devil's Garden . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Schmidt | 12/11/2013

    " Fictional story about Machinegun Kelly and a kidnapping. This book was difficult to follow at times due to rambling around from character to character. I sincerely hope Atkins does a better job with Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/7/2013

    " This was an interesting book, but I liked Devil's Garden much, much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnye Reed | 8/27/2013

    " Found Ace Atkins because he finished a Robert B. Parker novel after Parkers death. Enjoyed Infamous, a glimpse into the probable life of "Machine Gun" Kelly and his Katheryn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kkoester | 12/18/2012

    " I want to see the movie now!! Good gangster read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 7/17/2012

    " this book was ok. guess I kept reading it just to see how it all played out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 2/18/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. This is the first book by Ace Atkins that I've read, and I have to say he really transports you into the story. This is historical fiction; I know some liberties were taken, but all in all, it was a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/16/2011

    " The story line was good, and the scene was always set well, but I found it hard to keep track of who was who. There were several characters that I kept getting confused by and had to re-read parts to remind myself who they were. This made it hard for me to follow and so I rated it with 2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 7/9/2011

    " This was a fairly well written and researched account of "machine gun" Kelly. I found it fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 5/28/2011

    " Ace Atkins has done it again with this historical novel centering around George "Machine Gun" Kelly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/24/2011

    " I found it a bit tiresome and hard to follow at the beginning, but gradually got caught up in the story and the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 1/17/2011

    " this book was ok. guess I kept reading it just to see how it all played out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajaxwriter | 10/10/2010

    " Ace Atkins has done it again with this historical novel centering around George "Machine Gun" Kelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 6/28/2010

    " This was a fairly well written and researched account of "machine gun" Kelly. I found it fascinating. "

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About the Author
Author Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of seventeen books, including five books in the Quinn Colson series. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written several of these, including Robert. B. Parker’s Lullaby, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, and Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.