In this “morbidly funny”(The New York Times) thriller in Ace Atkin’s southern crime series, former Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson might be out of a job—but that doesn't mean he’s staying out of trouble...
Quinn Colson is unemployed—voted out of his position as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. He has offers in bigger and better places, but before he goes, Colson’s got one more job to do—bring down county kingpin Johnny Stagg’s criminal operations for good.
At least that's the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, somebody smashes through the house of a wealthy mill owner, making off with a safe full of money and shooting a deputy. As Deputy Lillie Virgil hunts the criminals and draws Colson in, other people join the chase, too, but with a much more personal motive. For that safe contained more than just money—it held secrets. And as Colson well knows, some secrets can kill.
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.
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Another great journey & wild ride
Really enjoyed first 3 books & delighted to discover this 4th. Love this southern Ranger & how the patchwork quilt of his prior life unfurls in the midst of new one. I know Jack Reacher & he"s no Jack Reacher! :-) Although they are both, disciplined warriors guided by a similar moral compass, are both loyal to their friends & family (although exhibited at more random intervals in Reacher's case), both guardians of the vulnerable and mistreated, our Ranger inhabits a broader scope of feelings, evidences more capacity for tenderness & a peaceful (if complicated) connection to home home, than Reacher.still enjoy reacher but more of the ranger please!
Another great Quinn Colson Novel
I first started reading Ace Atkins when he took over the Spenser series when Robert Parker died several years ago. He brought some new energy to the series but with a voice that was very similar to Parker’s.
That brought me to read his own series of books with Quinn Colson as the central character and I was not disappointed. The new book continues to follow Quinn Colson and continues with the same energy as the previous books in the series. I can’t wait for the next book.