In this novel from New York Times-bestselling crime master Ace Atkins, violence comes in many forms...and this time it may be more than Quinn Colson can handle.
The Pritchards had never been worth a damn--an evil, greedy family who made their living dealing drugs and committing mayhem. Years ago, Colson's late uncle had put the clan's patriarch in prison, but now he's getting out, with revenge, power, and family business on his mind. To make matters worse, a shady trucking firm with possible ties to the Gulf Coast syndicate has moved into Tibbehah, and they have their own methods of intimidation.
With his longtime deputy Lillie Virgil now working up in Memphis, Quinn Colson finds himself having to fall back on some brand-new deputies to help him out, but with Old West-style violence breaking out, and his own wedding on the horizon, this is without a doubt Colson's most trying time as sheriff. Cracks are opening up all over the county, and shadowy figures are crawling out through them--and they're all heading directly for him.
Bestseller Atkins's solid if relatively uneventful eighth novel set in Mississippi's Tibbehah County (after 2017's The Fallen) finds Sheriff Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger, preparing for his wedding, but first he must handle a murder inquiry resulting from a power struggle between rival drug trafficking operations. Fannie Hathcock, who runs a strip bar called Vienna Place, is concerned that the Pritchard brothers, Tyler and Cody, her ostensible business partners, aren't being straight with her. Fannie sends a trusted employee, 20-year-old African-American Ordeen Davis, to check out the Pritchards' property when she believes it to be unoccupied. Unfortunately, Tyler and Cody's uncle Heath, a racist ex-con who's been jailed for selling marijuana, is on hand to spot Ordeen and shoot him in the back. Davis's mother, an old friend of Quinn's family, beseeches the sheriff to get justice for her son. Not a whole lot of interest follows. The entry works best as a long setup for major developments promised for book nine. Author tour.
The Sinners, also The Shameless
I’ve enjoyed Ace’s books for several years now. All the way back to Nick Travers. I feel now he is getting a little “ intentionally political “. I read his books for relaxation and pure enjoyment, I’ll probably pass, on his work going forward.