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A seemingly straightforward kidnapping-for-ransom scheme by 1930s gangster "Machine Gun" Kelly is thrown into near-whimsical chaos by the greed of two partners, a determined former Texas Ranger, and Kelly's two-faced wife.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399156304
Characteristics: 406 p. : map ; 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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