April 2011 / ISBN 978042533 9018
Crime / Thriller
by Barbara Buhrer
became known as "Machine Gun Kelly" as the result of his
attack of the Kansas City railroad station.
An ambush in
the parking lot outside Kansas City Union Station, during which
the hoods gunned down several lawmen and their prisoners about to
drive to Leavenworth Prison, led to the FBI being given the ability
to make arrests and to carry weapons.
The force behind
Kelly was his strong bloodthirsty wife, Kathryn. The bulk of the
book’s action concerns Kelly's kidnapping of Oklahoma oil
man, wealthy Charles F Urschel, and its aftermath.
Set in 1933,
this is a history-based novel which focuses on two figures of the
Depression era; gangster Machine Gun Kelly and his wife, Kathryn.
It is a fast moving narrative, spanning only a three month period
of their exploits. It is a compelling story that vividly portrays
the Dust Bowl and its effect on people. It is well researched, capturing
the era of the gangsters' heyday. The characters are very colorful
and complex. There is much gunfire, blood and gore.