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The Year of Fear
Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation
By (author): Joe Urschel
9781250105486 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws Nov 15, 2016 Print Run: 35000
$23.99 CAD
Active 5.99 x 9 x 0.83 in 304 pages Includes one 16-page black-and-white photograph section Minotaur Minotaur Books

It's 1933 and Prohibition has given rise to the American gangster--now infamous names like Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger. Bank robberies at gunpoint are commonplace and kidnapping for ransom is the scourge of a lawless nation. With local cops unauthorized to cross state lines in pursuit and no national police force, safety for kidnappers is just a short trip on back roads they know well from their bootlegging days. Gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his wife, Kathryn, are some of the most celebrated criminals of the Great Depression. With gin-running operations facing extinction and bank vaults with dwindling stores of cash, Kelly sets his sights on the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His target: rich oilman, Charles Urschel.

Enter J. Edgar Hoover, a desperate Justice Department bureaucrat who badly needs a successful prosecution to impress the new administration and save his job. Hoover's agents are given the sole authority to chase kidnappers across state lines and when Kelly bungles the snatch job, Hoover senses his big opportunity. What follows is a thrilling 20,000 mile chase over the back roads of Depression-era America, crossing 16 state lines, and generating headlines across America along the way--a historical mystery/thriller for the ages.

Joe Urschel'sThe Year of Fear is a thrilling true crime story of gangsters and lawmen and how an obscure federal bureaucrat used this now legendary kidnapping case to launch the FBI.

JOE URSCHEL is the former Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. Urschel is also a former managing editor ofUSA TODAY, where he served as a senior correspondent and columnist and has worked for theDetroit Free Pressas a reporter, critic, and editor. His journalism honors include awards from the National Association of Newspaper Columnists, the National Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and an Emmy. He lives in Virginia.

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"The Year of Fear, Joe Urschel's entertaining new history of 1933, takes off, in a wheel-spinning flurry of detail that brings the era to life." -USA Today

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