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I didn't really know what to expect when I downloaded this book. I didn't read the blurb very well - to be honest, I just downloaded it in a three for two sale.
I was very pleasantly surprised, however. Ace Atkins writes great 'prohibition' prose (ok, it's set after prohibition, but you know what I mean) and Dick Hill, with his very deliberate, precise, narration places the drama beautifully in its historical context.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Ace Atkins gives us an unprecedented view of a crime spree which lasted only a few months after the kidnapping of a rich oil man. George Kelly is portrayed as a weak criminal ruled by his overbearing, blood-thirsty wife Kathryn. Just about every major character and event of the era is woven into this rich story of murder, sex, crime, law enforcement, and greed. The supporting characters are just as colorful as Kelly and Kit. Lawman Gus Jones is a standout as well as the precocious child Geri Arnold, smoking Lucky Strikes and sipping Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.. The narrator elevates the whole story with his mastery of different voices. Well worth the price of admission!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. Normally when I write a review I try and answer all the questions I had about the book before I listened to it. But in this case I’m keeping it short; the book is exactly as described in the synopsis. The only thing to add is Dick Hill's narration is spot on, really added to my enjoyment