Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: The Forsaken (Quinn Colson #4) by Ace Atkins

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2438 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399161791
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (July 24 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3L11BM

Book Description

The extraordinary new novel in New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins' acclaimed series about the real Deep South—“a joy ride into the heart of darkness” (The Washington Post).

Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched.

Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose—and they can play dirty themselves.

Soon Colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail—or even come out of it alive.

About the Author

Ace Atkins is the author of eight novels, including his latest, Infamous, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30.

While at the Tribune, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s. The story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow, which earned raves from noted authors and critics. In his next novels, Wicked City, Devil’s Garden, and now Infamous, Ace continues to carve a new a niche as both a talented storyteller and a meticulous journalist, blending first-hand interviews and original research into police and court records with tightly woven plots and incisive characters. Ace’s novels tell great American stories, weaving fact and fiction into a colorful, seamless tapestry.

Infamous, Devil’s Garden, Wicked City, and White Shadow are all very personal books for Atkins, all set in his former and current homes: San Francisco, where he lived as a child; Alabama, his family’s home and where he was born and went to college; and Tampa, where he embarked on his career as a writer and now the MidSouth where he now calls home.

Each novel contains bits of himself—friends and colleagues he once knew, people he respected or admired, family members, and personal heroes.

Right now, Ace is developing a new series for his longtime publisher—home to Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Robert Crais, John Sandford, and Robert B. Parker—set in rural Mississippi. The first of these novels will hit stores in Spring 2011.

Ace lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family.

My Review

I have really been enjoying the Quinn Colson series by Ace Atkins. Quinn Colson is the county sheriff in a small county in northeast Mississippi. It is a county of good old boys. Quinn returned to the town of Jericho after serving in the military. Events surrounding the death of his uncle who had been the long time county sheriff based out of Jericho, caused Quinn to stay and run for sheriff himself in earlier books. Quinn faces continual challenges from the locals who like things to stay the same as always which was pretty corrupt and where everyone knew their place.

The Forsaken is book 4 and I think it is probably best if a reader has read the previous 3 so that the reader understands all the background stories. That being said, The Forsaken could stand on its own. I like that Quinn Colson is similar to Jack Reacher except that he is settled down. There is something about ex military men who solve situations of corruption in small town America that I really enjoy.

There is lots of action and twists in this fast moving story. I really enjoyed The Forsaken and I think it is a great addition to Ace Atkins's Quinn Colson series.

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