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A classic Southern tale of backroom deals, tainted honor, dysfunctional family, high-stakes greed - and everyday heroism - from the New York Times best-selling author.

Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson had to admit he admired the bank robbers. A new bank was hit almost every week, and the robbers rushed in and out with such skill and precision it reminded him of raids he'd led back in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was an Army Ranger. In fact it reminded him so much of the techniques in the Ranger Handbook that he couldn't help wondering if the outlaws were former Rangers themselves. And that was definitely going to be a problem. If he stood any chance of catching them, he was going to need the help of old allies, new enemies, and a lot of luck. The enemies he had plenty of. It was the allies and the luck that were going to be in woefully short supply.

©2017 Ace Atkins (P)2017 Recorded Books

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My new addiction

The good news was discovering this incredible series paired with a gifted narrator! The bad news is I've gone through each book in the series- please write more!

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Raw and Real

Ace Atkins does a wonderful job of describing small town North Mississippi. If you follow his directions, he could be writing about the town I grew up in, without the legal bars asnd strip joints, as it was a dry county. However the people and attitudes are very real. Once again, Colton finds himself up against the MS political powerbrokers, who are also real and have been flexing their muscle since Reconstruction. This book rings raw and true.

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  • Bangkok, Thailand
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An Ace In the Hole

First the good news: The narrator MacLeod Andrews was terrific. He effortlessly switched roles between the disparate characters in this book, mimicking accents, attitudes and rhetorical tics. Well done.

The Bad News was everything else. The ending was atrocious, bordering on fraud in my view. It appears the Ace simply pushed back his chair, stood up and walked away before finishing his homework assignment.

The story also veered back and forth between multiple plot lines, a literary technique that, unfortunately, lies far and perhaps permanently beyond the skills of the author. The result is literary seasickness as the reader is whipsawed around improbable corners in this confusing mess.

Save your money; look for something else read by Mr. Andrews.

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