The Innocents

The Innocents

eBook - 2016
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From New York Times -bestselling Southern crime master Ace Atkins comes a gritty, darkly comic tale of greed, violence, and unexpected redemption.

Quinn Colson didn't owe his home town of Jericho, Mississippi, a damn thing. After serving for more than a decade as a U.S. Army Ranger, he'd returned, been elected sheriff, and tried to make the town and surrounding Tibbehah county a better place. He was rewarded with being voted out of office, and went back to the war zone he'd left.
Now, back in Jericho, trying to fix things with his still-married high school girlfriend and retired Hollywood stuntman father, he's drawn to becoming a lawman again. This time, he accepts a badge from acting Sheriff Lillie Virgil, a foul-mouthed law woman with shades of Calamity Jane. But what they must confront together is something brand-new.
When a former high school cheerleader is found walking a back road completely engulfed in flames, the entire state focuses on the rural county, wanting answers. The light soon shines on several people: the girl's father, a worthless drunk named Wash Jones; a pair of teenage thugs with grand ambitions to control north MississipΠ and a red-headed truck stop madam named Fannie Hathcock, who has her own problems - the Syndicate from down on the Gulf Coast has big plans for her neck of the woods.
As Quinn and Lillie uncover old secrets and new lies, the entire town turns against them, and they learn the most dangerous enemies may be the ones you trust most.
Ace Atkins "sets a new standard for Southern crime fiction," writes The New York Times Book Review - and, with The Innocents , he sets it again.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
ISBN: 9780698190634
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (367 pages)

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Dec 20, 2016

I enjoy all things Southern so this was fun to read. The characters were well drawn and the beginning of the plot compelling. I found that the solution to the mystery was too evident, however, and the book fizzled out in the end. Disappointing, but I would recommend it anyway for a light read.

Aug 05, 2016

Another good read by Ace Atkins. I found this book focused a bit more on sheriff Lillie Virgil. I like the character of Lillie. Also an introduction of a new character Fannie Hathcock. I love the colorful language of the characters in these Quinn Colson novels. Those that enjoyed the previous books will love this one. I look forward to the next Qinn Colson novel. Also try the Nick Travers Graphic Novel "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" that just released recently.

Jul 24, 2016

I agree with the reviewer that this was somewhat disappointing. The plot does move along quickly with Quinn and Lillie searching for Milly's killer. It came to an abrupt ending and an event that would appear to set the stage for the next Quinn Colson novel.


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