May 2012 / ISBN: 978-0-425-24749-5
by Dennis Collins
Ranger Quinn Colson has done combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He hasn’t been home to the town of Jericho, Mississippi, in
almost seven years, but he returns to attend the funeral of his
uncle Hemp, the Tibbehah County Sheriff. The explanation is that
the Sheriff committed suicide, but Quinn doesn’t like the
smell of the story. Quinn is named the beneficiary of his uncle’s
estate, and when he goes out to look the place over, he is met by
a man with a shady past and a document declaring him as a lien holder
on the property. The Ranger is determined to find out the whole
story and immediately encounters resistance.
As Quinn reacquaints
himself with the locals, he has to define who his friends are and
more importantly, who his enemies are. It soon becomes apparent
that, aside from his mother, his old army buddy, “Boom,”
who had an arm blown off in Iraq, and a gutsy sheriff’s deputy
named Lillie Virgil are two people that he can trust. He’s
not too sure about anybody else.
leads to a small encampment of white supremacists who earn their
living by operating meth labs. Their presence raises more questions
but offers no answers. The group seems to be involved in trying
to drive Quinn from his inherited land, but that just doesn’t
make sense. These guys don’t want land. Perhaps they’re
shills for someone in the background. One thing is for sure, their
leader, a man called Gowrie, is a vicious and dangerous fanatic.
When the struggle begins, Quinn draws on his background as a hill
country boy and his training as a highly skilled combat veteran,
along with the courage and ability of his friend, Boom, and the
quick thinking and relentless deputy, Lillie.
This is the
first Ace Atkins novel that I’ve had the pleasure of reading
and I quickly discovered that Atkins has the makings of a master
story teller. The voice is so clear, it’s as if you’re
sitting next to him at a bar and he’s telling his tale from
the heart. The dialogue is abrupt and choppy, just like real conversations.
None of the characters are perfect, just like real people. And the
story is excellent.
of other titles by this author
End of the Street
Dirty South [review