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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 Hil Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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He has been compared to Lehane, Ellroy, and Pelecanos, but Ace Atkins’ 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 femme 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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