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Reviewer Jeff Shelby is the
author of "Dead Week."
By Ace Atkins
Atkins' newest book Dirty South is a gripping tale that
takes readers into the world of new school rap music and old school
NFL defensive lineman and current blues tracker working out of Tulane
University, Nick Travers has only 24 hours to save the life of former
teammate, Teddy Paris, who now manages a rap music label. Nick must
locate half a million dollars conned from Paris' young star, Alias,
before a group of killers come calling on Paris. As Nick tries to
establish a relationship with the young star in order to locate
the money and save his friend, he begins to realize that everything
and everyone may not be what they seem.
in his previous three novels, Atkins places the story in and around
New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, bringing to life the sights,
sounds, and smells of the Deep South. As a native of Alabama and
a current professor at the University of Mississippi, Atkins perfectly
captures the detail and idiosyncrasies of the region, creating as
realistic of a setting as there is in crime fiction.
characters are diverse and believable, the dialogue is sharp and
intelligent, and the story is unveiled with a deft touch and brought
to an electric and tragic conclusion. Nick Travers is also one of
the best protagonists on page today, and this fourth entry in the
series gives him even more complexity and depth.
has once again written a book that deserves to find the top of the
bestseller lists and should place him near the top of the best crime
fiction writers working today.