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Corsair, 7 May 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1427-3
The Quinn Colson series portrays the Deep South in all its
dusty, dirty, hardscrabble reality. Racial tension is ever-present.
So is sleaze and vice, with shady characters, especially Johnny Stagg, out to
make big bucks from the area's natural resources pitted against Sheriff
Colson's rigid incorruptibility.
concentrates on events of thirty-seven years ago, when two young girls were
abducted, raped and, in one case, murdered. The town rose up against the
crime, the man responsible was discovered, tortured and lynched. Rough
justice, but justice all the same. Except the girl who survived, Diane
Krull, saw the man who raped her out and about two or three weeks later.
When she tried to say so, nobody wanted to listen.
thirty-seven years have passed, Quinn Colson needs to set things right.
Especially with the return to town of a vicious biker called Chains LeDoux, who
was involved in the lynching, newly released from twenty years behind bars, and
now thirsting for revenge.
Jason, was a Hollywood stunt man, back in the day, and for a short while rode
with LeDoux and his gang of bikers. To avoid being implicated in the
lynching by his unyielding son, he is able to give Colson some necessary
information, the first paternal guidance he has produced since he left Colson's
mother Jean many years ago.
Although all the
Atkins books stand alone, each one is an episode in an on-going story. So
as well as the uncovering and resolution of a crime, this is a plot which is
not only an intriguing story, but also a compelling instalment in Quinn's
personal life. A special delight is Lillie Virgil, his chief deputy, with
a mouth like a sewer and an ever-ready gun. Among other plot-twists and
turns, both she and Quinn find themselves facing a murder charge based on an
incident in the previous book.
rural Mississippi the way Atkins does, still blighted as it is by poverty and
corruption. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Susan Moody
Ace Atkinsis an experienced crime writer with several stand
alones, a series about Nick Travers and his Quinn Coulson series which he
continues to write. He has already published the Spenser Lullaby and is writing
more Spensers. In an interview in 2013 he explained that he couldn't write the
Coulson and Spenser books at the same time - he writes the two series
separately allowing half a year for each!
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She
has published over 30 crime and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake
series and the Cassandra Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of
the British Crime Writers' Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past
Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania and a past President of the
International Association of Crime Writers. She divides her time between
south-west France and south-east Kent. Nominated for the CWA short
story award. Nominated for the RNA's award.