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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,335 ratings  ·  259 reviews
In her first paperback original in more than six years, New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann delivers an unforgettable novel of contemporary romance and thrilling suspense.
When history professor Alison Carter became a consultant to the film version of the Wild West legend she’d dedicated her career to researching, she couldn’t possibly have known that she w
Paperback, 433 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Ballantine Books
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Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Suzanne Brockmann only
Well I finally finished, and I'm asking myself--was this really a Suzanne Brockmann book? I liked the whole concept of the book--Hollywood movie being made about a famous Wild West legend (Silas Quinn), although maybe the 'legend' wasn't such a legend afterall. The legend's foe--the gambler Jamie 'Kid' Gallagher (who has returned as a ghost that only his great-grandson--42 year old blond hunk A.J. Gallagher-- can see), is out to redeem his name and restore his family's reputation by communicatin ...more
♡Karlyn P♡

3.5 stars. I liked it, but didn't love it. While it was a romance between AJ and Alison, the main character was really James - AJ's 101 year old great grandpa's ghost. No, this isn't a paranormal romance. It is a straight contemporary romance with a ghost who helps (and helps, and helps, and HELPS!) to solve murders, rescue dying people and relay messages among the living.

The ghost (James) had a great back story that was interesting when he was alive, but his incarnation as a ghost who 'returne
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Aside from a little political soapboxing, this was a terrific book! It's what I love about Brockmann, and it's one of the reasons I will always want to pick up a book by her. Aside from SEP, Brockmann is one of the first contemporary romance authors I picked up strickly by chance. This makes book #17 of hers I've read, and out of that 17, I've really enjoyed 15 of them, one was okay and Izzy's story, Breaking the Rules was dismal, but this is still pretty good odds! I think she does an excellent ...more
Duchess Nicole
3 stars

Well, I adore Suzanne Brockmann. Her Troubleshooters series is one of my most favoritest series ever...please don't read this book if it's going to be your first by her, PLEASE! This is not a good example of this outstanding author.

There were two different stories being told at the same past, one present. The present story is being told by Alison Carter and Jamie Gallagher, who is the great grandfather ghost of Alison's new love interest, AJ Gallagher. WTF, you ask? Yes, I ask
Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Infamous is a stand alone book. Yay, for those of you who want to try Ms. Brockmann and don't know where to start. I'd definitely recommend starting here.

Alison Carter is a history buff and professor back in Boston. She writes a book centering around a famous gunslinger and sheriff. A famous producer reads her book and makes a movie according to the legend. He hires Allison to be his historical advisor for the movie. While on the set, Allison mistakes A.J. for an extra. While she is reprimandin
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Arch
Having read most of Suzanne Brockmann's other work, I want to give fans of her Navy Seals and Troubleshooters series a warning that no earlier books are reflected in this tale. (The next Troubleshooters book is due out in early 2011.)

What do you do when you see the ghost of your great-grandfather, and he tells you what to say, and nobody believes you? Do you believe it yourself? Do you question your own sanity? Do you act on his advice? Do you run to the doctors and get an MRI? Our hero does all
Jamie Gallagher is fed up with the severely inaccurate version of his history, so he decides to put an end to all the lies and tell his side of the story. Unfortunately he’s dead, so he has to ask his great-grandson, A.J., for help.
And as if seeing his Gramps’ ghost isn’t problem enough for this recovering alcoholic, first Gulf War vet, the historian that can help set the record straight is a looker. And after a long dry spell that spells trouble with a capital T. So yeah, he thinks he’s crazy,
3.5 - 4 stars. There's a really good story here, that I wish hadn't gotten jumbled up with a time-waster, mcguffin of a suspense subplot.

It's been over a hundred years since Jamie Gallagher supposedly kidnapped and murdered Melody, the wife of legendary Marshal Silas Quinn, and he's getting pretty darned tired of being cast as the big bad wolf in the fairy tale -- despite the fact that he's dead. The making of yet another movie about the perfect Quinn and the villainous Gallagher brings Jamie b
Lynn Calvin
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-preorder
Really good stuff - a single title and a paranormal with an active character who is the ghost of the hero's great grandfather. I was a little leery of the premise. Heroine is a historical consultant who wrote a book on the protagonist of a movie being made about a supposed classic historical "good guy marshal" who killed the bad guy who had kidnapped and murdered the Marshal's wife.

Except the 42 year old first Iraq war vet greatgrandson of the supposed bad has an entirely different version where
Actually 3.5 stars.

Infamous was better than I thought it would be. My previous experience with Suzanne Brockmann's writing was disappointing (see my review of Body Language), but this was better. The story did lag a bit in places, one of the central characters was often annoying (yes, that's directed at your insubstantial ass, Jamie), and I got tired of Brockmann using her characters as mouthpieces for her political ideals, but I still really enjoyed this book. The romance was well done: a littl
Aug 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
– Let me start off by saying, I am a huge Brockmann fan-girl and I’ve been waiting for this book since I first heard about it late last year. I really, really wanted to like this book but there just wasn’t much to enjoy. The author, who is known for telling it like it is in real life, gets on a soap box about how Bad War Is and she reiterates this over…and over…and over… I’m all for authors who want to have their say but give it up, Ms. Brockmann. Fiction is just that, fiction and its all about ...more
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it
I think so highly of Suz's stuff that this was a bit of a disappointment.

The writing and story were, as always, very well done. The characters are interesting and realistic. The conflicts are believable and lead the characters to new actions and perspectives.

But hero sees a ghost, and that ghost actually tells about a third of the story from his first-person POV. And the ghost can "travel" between different places related to his own and the hero's life, except for when he suddenly and unexpected
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Just a few days ago I left a review that stated I didn't like ghosts in my stories, even benign ones. Well, I must have lied, because I loved the ghost n this story. And the hero, A.J. is maybe my new favorite hero of all time. He is an amazing character and all too rare in romances.

I could spend some time picking apart the weaknesses in the book, but I won't. It isn't a perfect book, but it was compelling, well-written, complex and thoroughly enjoyable. Did the author fudge a few parts and writ
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Loved it. Loved the characters, particularly the hero. Not a 5 star for me mainly because there are other Brockmann books even better and because the hero was so irresistible that the heroine started to seem pretty stupid to keep resisting ... The ghost was fun, although I wasn't all that interested in the snippets of the old west story.

Although I am not tired of the Troubleshooters series, it was nice to see a stand-alone romance from Brockmann.
Tonya Lucas
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an intriguing book that covers many genres. Contemporary with an historical theme and a murder mystery intertwined.
INFAMOUS by Suzanne Brockman, a ghost from the past comes back to right a wrong that was done to him in 1898, but this book is set in the time around 2010, but as this ghost visits with his great grandson, the woman his grandson is in love with, is in danger & the ghost ends up relaying the danger to his grandson and trying to save her before the killer’s strike. I’ve
Barbara Heintz
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audio. A male and female narrator were used to tell the story. Both of which were familiar to me. I enjoyed the back and forth of the voices. This is a little different story. AJ approaches the film set of a movie being made about his great-grandfather's life. Allison, the author, has it all wrong and AJ is there to set the record straight. Allison pretty much ignores him because she has documents from the late 1800s and early 1900s to prove her story. AJ has a secret weapo ...more
Sandy M
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Because I’m a book ho, I’ve read only one Suzanne Brockmann book, the first in her Troubleshooters series, The Unsung Hero, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and then subsequently vowed I would continue with the series as often as I could. Of course, life, the thousands of other books strewn around my condo and piled high in my storage unit, and a million other things got in the way of that vow, and Infamous is the only other Brockmann I’ve read to date. That’s okay, though, because I love this book. ...more
Jenn Scranton
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it

This is so not what I expected... :( I'm actually pretty sad about that. When I see a man on the front of a book that looks like a cowboy I expect a studly cowboy and perhaps a ranch or at least a horse... but Infamous was just... weird! Horrible. Terrible. Want a good indication of how bad it was? I could not tolerate the stupidity any longer; I had about 30 pages left and decided that I couldn't bring myself to finish it! The hell with that! I just read the epilogue...

Now, A.J.: Ladies, run.
Infamous by Suzanne Brockman has got characters! They're fabulous!

The conversations the occurred between Alison and AJ were real, train-wreck fascinating, and down right funny at points. These are two people who both think out loud. Alison talks the entire time she's thinking, so you hear everything in her mind with no filters. AJ talks to the spirit of his departed grandfather. How can that not create humor when the two of them are trying to talk to each other at the same time?

AJ's Grampa? Wh
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
I love Suzanne Suzanne Brockmann's writing. I have been reading her since the beginning of her career. When she was touring small books stores around the county in a car with her husband and Eric. I am a firm supporter of her Jules character and throughly enjoyed that character's development. Also enjoyed Adam's short story.

The attack on Conservative Views (Oil Drilling,etc..) in this book, however, kept drawing me out of the story, making it a difficult read. Also, these comments were presente
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
If you like Suzanne Brockmann, I recommend you DO NOT read this book. Billed as her first paperback in over 6 years, I expected this stand-alone to be at least reminescent of her Troubleshooters and Tall, Dark & Dangerous series. Well, its not. What is perhaps most disappointing to me is that there's absolutely no reason why this story is not a hit with me.

The premise is good: history prof publishes the definitive book about outlaw Jamie Gallagher and the US Marshall who kills him thereby br
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traded-sold
I LOVED IT!!!!!!! I literally ignored my family and stayed in my pajamas until 3pm today so I could sit around & read it.

Gosh, maybe I just need to start each book expecting it to suck... that way if it does, I'm not disappointed. Then when a book really turns out great like this one, then I'm astoundingly surprised! Honestly, I went into this not expecting much, so maybe I'm just a huge fan of Brockmann's writing? Her characters actually think like normal people, the dialogue is normal conv
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! What a great story! So many people complained about the ghost in this story and I can't see how the story would have been anything without him! He's not so much a ghost as he is a very important and wonderful character.

i've also heard complaints that SB got a little soapboxy with her views. I didn't feel that way at all. Granted, her characters all have relatively liberal views. Buy why not? They're created from her imagination. There is a rant or two from AJ, but I compare it
Mar 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
I finally managed to finish it.
It was a never-ending series of disappointment, especially as I really appreciate this author who's able to do so much better than this. Let's list a few of those disappointments/
- I never connected either to Alison or AJ; they did not seem real but only characters with not much interest
- the main character in the story is actually a ghost (I do not like paranormal and paranormal in a "regular" book is even worse)- he's the narrator for about 1/3rd of the story and
Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was the first Suzanne Brockman book I've read and will probably be the last. I picked it up at a bookstore on a whim, so I hadn't read any previous reviews of this book or any of the author's other books. Apparently, it's a common theme of Ms Brockman's to insert her political views/stances into her books, which I have no problem with. There were probably at least 10 different ones going on in this one. I was simply bored. I skimmed the majority and read the last couple of chapters and don' ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

Most of the books I've read by this author are in the troubleshooter series, which I really enjoy. This book was a bit of a departure. There were still a few SEAL type guys in the wings but, front and center, it was a history professor, a woodworking, PTSD suffering Veteran, and a precocious ghost. They were great characters.

Generally, I liked the characters and the story but somehow it just missed the wow factor for me. The book would have been a lot more riveting if about 50 pa
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This is now the best book I've read this year! The beginning had me a little puzzled and turned off because it not only seemed to ramble but it looked like it was going to be a first person POV which I generally do not like. What a fabulous surprise just past the prologue with some well done twists and surprises. Also, Ms. Brockmann delves into the issues our vets are dealing with and rather than sensationalize it into a vehicle for the story, it is woven into the very fabric of the story s ...more
Gerry Bartlett
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a mystery and Brockmann's stories always deliver. I was happy to find that this one had a paranormal element. The ghost here is trying to right a wrong and the story will keep you turning the pages. Fast paced and interesting characters make this a must for Brockmann fans. And, hey, not a Navy Seal in sight! Though they almost managed to slip into the story at one point. I didn't miss them.
I have to say that I was pretty disapointed in this book. I have come to expect alot from SB. She has been a favorite of mine for a while. But this one just didn't seem to have the magic that some of her other books have had. I likes the characters, but I thought that she was pushing the story to be longer when it really just needed to end. (maybe a min. page requirement?) There were some unique qualities, but in the end it became monotonous. I have to give this one only 2 stars.
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After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty-five years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her award- ...more
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“That was the word she used to describe herself - fit. A.J. would've used other words. Like holy shit and sweet baby Jesus.

A) If it were up to me, Alison, you'd never wear clothes again. Nor, for that matter, would I....

Things not to say.”
“We are not, not now, not ever, talking about sex,” A.J. said flatly.
I had to laugh. “We’re both grown men,” I pointed out. “I don’t see what the big deal—”
“Do it,” he said, “and I will walk over to the church, wake up the priest, and demand that he perform an exorcism. On the spot.”
“Well, now, that won’t work,” I scoffed. “I’m not a demon. Not even close.”
“Yeah, well, I’m willing to try it,” he said. “So go on. Make my day.”
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