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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.
One of President Trump's most notorious off-color remarks appears in the first chapter of Edgar-finalist Atkins's outstanding seventh crime novel featuring Army Ranger turned lawman Quinn Colson (after 2016's The Innocents). Robber Rick Wilcox fires a gun in the air and threatens to grab women's privates when he and the other members of his gang walk into a small-town bank wearing Trump masks. Quinn, who has recently been returned to the position of sheriff of Mississippi's Tibbehah County, gets the news of the Trump bandits' latest strike after a visit to Vienna's Place, "a low-rent highway titty bar," where the proprietress, Fannie Hatchcock, assaulted an overzealous customer with a hammer. The robberies reunite Quinn with Jon Holliday, a fed he first encountered when Holliday was infiltrating the corrupt political organization headed by local power broker Johnny Stagg. Atkins tosses in a missing persons case Quinn's sister Caddy, who runs an outreach program for abused women, asks him to look for two teenage girls but the multiple plotlines don't make the story too busy. As in recent books, Atkins lightens the mood with some humor, presenting a warts-and-all portrayal of a Southern community. Author tour.