- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Adult (June 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399157484
- ISBN-13: 978-0399157486
Bestselling author John Sandford says:
“The Ranger is a tough, violent thriller set in contemporary Mississippi, with the feel of classic westerns like Shane and High Noon. Quinn Colson, an Army Ranger and the veteran of numerous missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, rides into town (in a pickup, of course) to find a Tibbehah County corrupted by methamphetamine peddlers and out-of-control greed, and his uncle, the sheriff, shot dead in a questionable suicide. Allied with a tomboy deputy—this is going to be an interesting relationship—Colson starts cleaning the place up… with explosive consequences. With terrific, inflected characters, and a dark, subtle sense of place and history, The Ranger is an exceptional novel.”
“I have always been impressed with (and jealous of) how easy Ace Atkins makes it look. The Ranger is by far his best work, a tough and fully gripping story about reconciliation and determination. I hope Quinn Colson and Lillie Virgil stick around for a good long time.”
Ace Atkins returns with an extraordinary new series. Northeast Mississippi, hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home-but not the home he left when he went to Afghanistan.
Now an Army Ranger, he returns to a place overrun by corruption, and finds his uncle, the county sheriff, dead-a suicide, he's told, but others whisper murder. In the days that follow, it will be up to Colson to discover the truth, not only about his uncle, but about his family, his friends, his town, and not least about himself. And once the truth is discovered, there is no turning back.
About the Author
Ace Atkins is the author of White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, Infamous, and four Nick Travers novels. He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
I am so thrilled to discover another amazing author. Ace Atkins is brilliant in portraying the corruption in modern day northeast Mississippi. The Ranger, Quinn Colson, a career army soldier returns home for the first time in six years to attend his beloved uncle's funeral. He immediately senses the changes in his hometown of Jericho not just with the newcomers but with people he has known all his life. But then how well do we really know those around us.
Quinn Colson acts quickly to stabilize and eliminate the corruption that has overtaken Jericho in the years since he has been gone. It is action packed and full of twists and turns. It was hard to put this book down. This poverty-stricken area of the south which provided the dark, gritty background filled with contemptuous characters made for an amazing combination perfect for our hero, The Ranger.
I highly recommend this exciting crime thriller and am looking forward to more of my new hero, Quinn Colson's adventures in Jericho, Mississippi.