The electrifying new novel in New York Times best-selling author Ace Atkins' acclaimed series about the real Deep South.
He is only in his early 30s, but now Quinn Colson is jobless - voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers from bigger and better places, but before he goes, he's got one more job to do - bring down Stagg's criminal operations for good. At least that's the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy - but not that wealthy.
None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money - it held secrets. Secrets that could either save Colson - or destroy him once and for all.
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Ace Atkins again gives us a great crime story that highlights the hypocrisy thar is the South: pious, racist folk who step over their mother's dead body for a penny. Quinn Colson knows the world does not work that way and these stories are about his struggle against a society bent on being evil. It is a losing proposition, but I enjoy and admire his effort. I look forward to the new book. Great listen: the actor does an excellent job with voices.
My review is for those who have listened to series. Outstanding and a home run! Johnny Stagg is no longer, finally stung by planted FBI agent. Quinn weaved throughout series of twists and turns.
I have read all of Ace Atkins' Quinn Colson books. The beginning of this story was loose and all over the place, but after the first five or six chapters the storyline tightened up and made for an interesting read. As a native of North Mississippi, I think Atkins does a great job of portraying both the good, bad, and craziness of the area. I wish the narrator would learn how to pronounce Natchez Trace, crappie, and bream; but those are small annoyances. Overall, I highly recommend all of Atkins' books.
Ace Atkins is a good author. The Quinn Colson series has been a good one. This book is so bogged down in four-letter words that the story is all but lost. This is frankly boring. The narration is well done, probably the saving grace for the book.
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