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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-bestselling 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.
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About the Author

Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which--The Ranger and The Lost Ones--were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"). In addition, he is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Reviews

Praise for The Fallen "Beneath the down-home Southern trappings, fans will find Atkins' customary mixture of political corruption, true-blue policing, intimate betrayals, and wholesale violence....[P]uts a whole new spin on catharsis."--Kirkus Reviews "As in recent books, Atkins lightens the mood with some humor, presenting a warts-and-all portrayal of a Southern community."--Publishers Weekly "Action-packed and engrossing...a superb novel about corruption, politics, crime, dirty deals, and people trying to lead honest lives. Atkins delivers stronger tales with each outing."--Associated Press "The Fallen stands as an example of crime fiction's ability to reflect society while completely entertaining the reader....It is Michael Mann's Heat filtered though both Faulkner and Smokey & The Bandit, with Atkins fully engaged in every trope he loves as well as the time he is writing in."--MysteryPeople.com More Praise For Ace Atkins's Quinn Colson Series "In Quinn Colson, bestselling author Ace Atkins has created an American hero in a time when we need him."--C. J. Box "Ace Atkins's Quinn Colson series is, quite simply, the best in crime fiction today--and also so much more. With a rich cast of characters, and a hero we can count on, these are tales of morality and desperation, of shocking violence and the enduring resilience of family and community. And the emotional places they take us make them unforgettable."--Megan Abbott "Quinn Colson is my kind of guy. I would follow him anywhere."--Lee Child "Atkins finds his natural-born storytellers everywhere. It's all music to these ears."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review Praise for THE FALLEN "Beneath the down-home Southern trappings, fans will find Atkins' customary mixture of political corruption, true-blue policing, intimate betrayals, and wholesale violence....[P]uts a whole new spin on catharsis."--Kirkus Reviews "As in recent books, Atkins lightens the mood with some humor, presenting a warts-and-all portrayal of a Southern community."--Publishers Weekly "Action-packed and engrossing...a superb novel about corruption, politics, crime, dirty deals, and people trying to lead honest lives. Atkins delivers stronger tales with each outing."--Associated Press "The Fallen stands as an example of crime fiction's ability to reflect society while completely entertaining the reader....It is Michael Mann's Heat filtered though both Faulkner and Smokey & The Bandit, with Atkins fully engaged in every trope he loves as well as the time he is writing in."--MysteryPeople.com Praise for THE INNOCENTS "The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails officers and the place they love provides plenty of action [and] well-developed characters."--Kirkus Reviews "Atkins delivers another rousing thriller. The Innocents moves at a brisk pace through Mississippi backroads to diners and cigar bars where deals are made but not always carried out. Atkins allows Quinn to make mistakes and have foibles, making him an even more complex character."--Associated Press "Scorching...Quinn Colson and his ornery sidekick Lillie Virgil embark on a tense search for answers that may rip the community apart."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ace Atkins knows the South...Readers get more than a mystery, they get an entertaining lesson in the sociology of the small-town South."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A gritty, darkly comic tale of greed, violence, and unexpected redemption. [Quinn Colson proceeds like they did in the good old days--with solid interviews, in-harm's-way investigating, and bold intuitive reasoning--[yet] in the way he conducts himself, speaks, and handles situations, there's a human being here that is modern and not aping Chandler or Hammett. Just the right balance.] Quinn has to be the most refreshing New York Times bestselling series character that I've come across in quite some time, and I'm hard pressed to name others that compare on this level--and, holy hell, that's an invigorating statement to make. What else is there to say...read The Innocents by Ace Atkins. It's literary crime fiction worthy of the hype."--Criminal Behavior "An addictive read. The Innocents shines a glaring light down the darkest alleys of small-town Mississippi, but does so with the compassion of one who loves the region and wants to reveal the diamonds along with the dregs...the journey there is the true joy in this gem of a crime novel."-- Shelf Awareness Praise for THE INNOCENTS: "The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails officers and the place they love provides plenty of action [and] well-developed characters." -- Kirkus Reviews "Atkins delivers another rousing thriller. The Innocents moves at a brisk pace through Mississippi backroads to diners and cigar bars where deals are made but not always carried out. Atkins allows Quinn to make mistakes and have foibles, making him an even more complex character." -- Associated Press "Scorching...Quinn Colson and his ornery sidekick Lillie Virgil embark on a tense search for answers that may rip the community apart." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ace Atkins knows the South...Readers get more than a mystery, they get an entertaining lesson in the sociology of the small-town South."-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A gritty, darkly comic tale of greed, violence, and unexpected redemption. [Quinn Colson proceeds like they did in the good old days - with solid interviews, in-harm's-way investigating, and bold intuitive reasoning - [yet] in the way he conducts himself, speaks, and handles situations, there's a human being here that is modern and not aping Chandler or Hammett. Just the right balance.] Quinn has to be the most refreshing New York Times bestselling series character that I've come across in quite some time, and I'm hard pressed to name others that compare on this level - and, holy hell, that's an invigorating statement to make. What else is there to say ...read The Innocents by Ace Atkins. It's literary crime fiction worthy of the hype." -- Criminal Behavior "Nothing short of riveting, a page turner that you will stay up all night to read."--Bookreporter.com "An addictive read. The Innocents shines a glaring light down the darkest alleys of small-town Mississippi, but does so with the compassion of one who loves the region and wants to reveal the diamonds along with the dregs...the journey there is the true joy in this gem of a crime novel."-- Shelf Awareness Praise for THE INNOCENTS: "The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails officers and the place they love provides plenty of action [and] well-developed characters." -- Kirkus Reviews "Atkins delivers another rousing thriller. The Innocents moves at a brisk pace through Mississippi backroads to diners and cigar bars where deals are made but not always carried out. Atkins allows Quinn to make mistakes and have foibles, making him an even more complex character." -- Associated Press "Scorching...Quinn Colson and his ornery sidekick Lillie Virgil embark on a tense search for answers that may rip the community apart." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ace Atkins knows the South...Readers get more than a mystery, they get an entertaining lesson in the sociology of the small-town South."-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A gritty, darkly comic tale of greed, violence, and unexpected redemption. [Quinn Colson proceeds like they did in the good old days - with solid interviews, in-harm's-way investigating, and bold intuitive reasoning - [yet] in the way he conducts himself, speaks, and handles situations, there's a human being here that is modern and not aping Chandler or Hammett. Just the right balance.] Quinn has to be the most refreshing New York Times bestselling series character that I've come across in quite some time, and I'm hard pressed to name others that compare on this level - and, holy hell, that's an invigorating statement to make. What else is there to say ...read The Innocents by Ace Atkins. It's literary crime fiction worthy of the hype." -- Criminal Behavior "Nothing short of riveting, a page turner that you will stay up all night to read."--Bookreporter.com "An addictive read. The Innocents shines a glaring light down the darkest alleys of small-town Mississippi, but does so with the compassion of one who loves the region and wants to reveal the diamonds along with the dregs...the journey there is the true joy in this gem of a crime novel."-- Shelf Awareness Praise for THE INNOCENTS: The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails officers and the place they love provides plenty of action [and] well-developed characters. Kirkus Reviews Atkins delivers another rousing thriller. The Innocents moves at a brisk pace through Mississippi backroads to diners and cigar bars where deals are made but not always carried out. Atkins allows Quinn to make mistakes and have foibles, making him an even more complex character. Associated Press Scorching Quinn Colson and his ornery sidekick Lillie Virgil embark on a tense search for answers that may rip the community apart. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Ace Atkins knows the South Readers get more than a mystery, they get an entertaining lesson in the sociology of the small-town South. St. Louis Post-Dispatch A gritty, darkly comic tale of greed, violence, and unexpected redemption. [Quinn Colson proceeds like they did in the good old days with solid interviews, in-harm s-way investigating, and bold intuitive reasoning [yet] in the way he conducts himself, speaks, and handles situations, there s a human being here that is modern and not aping Chandler or Hammett. Just the right balance.] Quinn has to be the most refreshing New York Times bestselling series character that I ve come across in quite some time, and I m hard pressed to name others that compare on this level and, holy hell, that s an invigorating statement to make. What else is there to say read The Innocents by Ace Atkins. It s literary crime fiction worthy of the hype. Criminal Behavior Nothing short of riveting, a page turner that you will stay up all night to read. Bookreporter.com An addictive read. The Innocents shines a glaring light down the darkest alleys of small-town Mississippi, but does so with the compassion of one who loves the region and wants to reveal the diamonds along with the dregs the journey there is the true joy in this gem of a crime novel. Shelf Awareness"

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