He is only in his early thirties, 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, in 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.
Bestseller Atkins's weak fifth crime novel featuring Afghan-veteran-turned-lawman Quinn Colson (after 2014's The Forsaken) finds Quinn in his last days as sheriff of Mississippi's Tibbehah County, having lost the last election to a much less competent man. His loyal deputy, Lillie Virgil, accompanies him on a rescue mission to South Memphis, where the judicious use of an ax handle enables Quinn to free his drug-addicted sister, Caddy, from some very bad company. Meanwhile, an inept group of crooks plot revenge on a man who complained about some work one of them did for him by breaking into the safe in his house. Action junkies may lose patience with the book's slow first half, which is replete with Colson family dynamics. Besides trying to get Caddy to become serious about recovery, Quinn must deal with his dysfunctional father. Things pick up in the concluding sections, but the characters lack depth this time out.