The Ranger

The Ranger

Book - 2011
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Quinn Colson arrives home from Afghanistan to find his home town has been corrupted and his uncle, the sheriff, killed. He sets out to find the truth about his uncle, his family, friends and town.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011
ISBN: 9780399157486
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 24 cm
Call Number: ATKINS, A


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Jul 15, 2018

This was a solid, gritty mystery and a intriguing introduction to Quinn Colson. Definitely a much hasher and darker mystery than I personally prefer, but the characters of Quinn and his family and friends will have me back for book two in the series.

May 28, 2018

The first book in the Quinn Colson series. Ace Atkins delivers an excellent story of character and place. Well worth the time to read - I started with The Fallen and then began the series with The Ranger. Read them all - I especially enjoyed the way Atkins brings the Mississippi setting he has created to life.

Nov 18, 2017

An army ranger on leave returns to his home to learn more about the death of his uncle. Along the way he uncovers a mystery and reveals deadly corruption. The story includes a large cast of characters and unraveling their loyalties is a challenge for Quinn as well as the reader. The story is nothing special, the writing ok. At times I found it confusing.

Apr 11, 2016

I can't say I particularly enjoyed this book. It was pretty shallow & full of corrupt people. I wondered if there was inter breeding going on as well. If this is to become a series it will be a short one at the rate of
the people who die & the size of the town.

Feb 11, 2015

The first book in a really excellent series. Very realistic plot and fascinating characters. I have now read all of the 'Quinn Colson' books and enjoyed every one.

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 18, 2014

I also started reading this author after Parker died and he started writing the Spenser novels. I've liked every book of his I've read. Corruption in a small town.

Aug 05, 2013

I started reading Ace Atkins' novels after he partnered with the late Robert B. Parker's characters in two new mysteries. Ranger contains echoes of William Faulkner's Mississippi caricatures and plotting, but Atkins makes it easy to get involved with Quinn, Lillie, Jean, Boom and Lena and to want to know what happens next. I'm looking forward to reading more of Atkins' work.

catincharge Apr 04, 2013

Good beginning for this new series. The small town Mississippi setting is certainly less than idlyic and the characters are not quite as stereotypical as they first appear. Look forward to the next book to see how things develop.

Jun 24, 2012

Atkins has written some interesting books, but this novel is disappointing, little more than a Hollywood-ready good old boy action story.


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