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The Forsaken (A Quinn Colson Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ace Atkins

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Ace Atkins' Quinn Colson series is, quite simply, the best in crime fiction today Megan Abbott Quinn Colson is my kind of guy. I would follow him anywhere. Lee Child


The extraordinary new novel in New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins' acclaimed series about the real Deep South—“a joy ride into the heart of darkness” (The Washington Post).
Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched.

Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose—and they can play dirty themselves.

Soon Colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail—or even come out of it alive.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent series with real staying power 17. Juni 2014
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With this book, Ace Atkins' Quinn Colson series is truly mature. As I got into it, I realized how much I liked these characters, and how much I wanted them to stay around so that I can follow them through time.

Atkins has developed the story over a few years: Colson's return from the Army to Jericho, his squaring off against local baddies, his election as sheriff, and his uneasy co-existence with the powers-that-be, prime among them the crooked county commission chairman Johnny Stagg. And the personal story has pull as well, revolving around Colson's Elvis-loving mother Jean and his prodigal sister Caddy, now having left her tawdry past behind her.

Will Caddy's biracial son Jason stand up to bullies in kindergarten? Will Mr. Jim the barber, a World War II vet still cutting hair, finally succumb to years of smoking? Will Quinn marry his paramour, undertaker Ophelia Bundren, so the town can stop whispering about the two? Will Stagg's efforts to corrupt or destroy Colson ever succeed? I want to know.

In this one, Atkins gets to racial killings - a lynching back in the day, but not that far back, and not the Klanfest one might expect. It was the 1970s. Atkins has admirably not made black-white tensions the center of a crime series based in rural Mississippi, and just as admirably has gotten around to it in a plot complex, compelling, non-stereotypical and deeply personal to protagonist Quinn Colson.

Hovering near the edge is the specter of Colson's long-vanished father, Jason Colson, a Hollywood stuntman who, on a home visit in 1977, both courts the sheriff's little sister and rides for a month with a gang of bikers, mostly because the daredevil in him can't say no.

Two teenage girls are abducted on July 4, one raped and shot, the other killed. When Diane Tull, the victim who survived, comes to Colson to talk about the event now 37 years past, Colson, who hadn't been born yet, unearths a rat's nest of ancient history that may implicate his own father, albeit one who abandoned the family long ago. He keeps finding people in town who know something about it, but who have remained silent all these years. And he has to weigh who people were back then versus who they are now.

Meanwhile Colson and and his hard-swearing, straight-shooting chief deputy Lillie Virgil themselves face a murder investigation stemming from the previous story's concluding incident, an inquiry complete with cooked evidence and Stagg's hand just barely visible manipulating the players. Stagg, though, has his own worries. A long-imprisoned biker, one whose rackets Stagg took over, is about to be freed and return to town, seething for revenge.

Atkins' writing is excellent - its pacing, its descriptions, everything. There were times in his earlier series (not many, admittedly) that I thought he was trying a little too hard to Write Fiction, but he has never taken a wrong turn in this series. Colson strikes just the right balance of toughness without bravado, and of humanity without the sort of pukeworthy sensitivity that would be out of place in, well, Quinn Colson of Jericho, Mississippi. The story moves along steadily. The tension builds. He moves back and forth between the characters adroitly. The end had a great twist.

His portrait of hardscrabble Mississippi remains raw and often depressing. Here's Caddy:

"There are times when I think this county is a paradise," Caddy said, leaning against the passenger-door window, farmland and long stretches of pine zipping by. "But then you see the ugliness of what we've done to this place, all the logging, busted-up trailers, and stripping of anything that can make a buck. We didn't need a tornado to rip this town apart. We just needed a few more good years."

The scene is constantly darkened by images of poverty and small town lowlifes, and by the absence of much in the way of redeeming civilization or community-leading gentry.

Just as Colson's tiny Sheriff's Office is a thin line of incorruptibility, so to are the forces of darkness held at bay by individuals helping one another - Caddy's ministry tirelessly helping the needy after the town-wrecking tornado of the previous book, Diane Tull donating to the effort from her store (I hope Atkins keeps her around as a character), and the fabric of people who have known each other all their lives. Keep these coming, Ace.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Swing and a miss 27. August 2014
Von S. Schultz - Veröffentlicht auf
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The first Quinn Colson books were great. Sort of a combination of Justified and Reacher. This one fell flat. Lots of drama and background stories. Very little action. Hopefully the next in the series will focus more on the tough honest lawman in small town USA and the peculiar characters who inhabit the area.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mystery set in the south (First book I read in the series) 11. August 2014
Von B. King - Veröffentlicht auf
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. This is the story of a cold case. In ’77, two girls were raped and shot. One of them survives, the other does not. Then a group of men brutally kill a black man for the crimes. It turns out the man they killed was innocent. This is somewhat of a spoiler, but it is also on the plot blurb. This really should just tell you to go ahead and keep reading. I promise the book will go somewhere.
I jumped right into this series in the middle. This seems to be fine as long as you have a primer for who all of the characters are.

Quinn- Main character, sheriff
Caddy – Quinn’s sister
Jean- Quinn’s mom
Stevens- Quinn’s lawyer
Lillie- Deputy
Jason- Quinn and Caddy’s father, also the name of Caddy’s son
Johnny Stagg- Bad guy
Ringold- Works for Johnny
Chains- Worse guy
Ophelia- Coroner, Quinn’s girlfriend
Diane Tull- Victim of crime in ‘77
Hank Stillwell- Father of other victim in ‘77

This is boiling the characters down to their very basics, but once I had all of this worked out, I was able to follow the story easier without having to flip back pages(on an Epub book) and try to see how everybody was related.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was my first experience with any book by Ace Atkins, and I feel that I may have been missing some background information, but that as long as I understood who the characters were that there was a good story there without necessarily needing to read the other books. As I have not read the other books, I cannot be sure, but I believe that the “cases” in the other books were referenced a few times in this book. It also seemed to jump in right after a crazy shootout that probably happened in the previous book.

There were some parts of the book that made me think (as someone who lives in Memphis), that Atkins is not necessarily from here. For instance- I have never heard anybody call it the Sonic. It is just Sonic. There was some “name-dropping” of Memphis businesses, and that is all it seemed like. Congratulations, you know about Gus’ and Rendezvous. For me, this distracted from the Southern feel Atkins was going for because most of the southern references had no real substance.

As far as story goes, it was a reasonably interesting story, but it took about half the book to really figure out what was even being investigated. I like some mystery to my mysteries, but the answers to questions were revealed at about the same time as the questions. The mystery for me was figuring out what the book was about. Once I did, I enjoyed it and was interested in finding out the whole story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Do not forsake me oh my darlin' 17. November 2014
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In a novel that takes place in Jericho, Mississippi, there were occasions when I felt that I was reading a John Grisham story.

Ace Atkins has talent for dialogue and description that goes together to give his readers a real feel for the action evolving before us. I've enjoyed his Robert B. Parker novels and was highly entertained with his new novel.

A shootout takes place before the action of the story gets underway and Sheriff Quinn Carlson and his chief deputy are under investigation for their roles in it.

The central story involves a teenage girl, Diane Tull, who is raped - along with her teenage girlfriend. Then the rapist, a black man, shot both girls, killing Diane's friend. Men from the community became enraged and searched for the criminal. Then, they took the law into their own hands.

However, a number of weeks later, Diane saw the real rapist in town. When she tried to let others know, they didn't want to listen.

Now, thirty-seven-years later, Diane tells Quinn what she knows and asks him to reopen the case.

We've all read stories where the wrong man was accused and made to pay for another's crime. The manner in which Ace Atkins writes makes the reader see how this could happen and wonder if it could be resolved.

Very entertaining story with good characters and a fine plot.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Languid Southern Mystery 26. Juli 2014
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So far I have enjoyed Ace Atkins' continuation of the Robert Parker Spenser series so I thought I would give one of Quinn Colson novels a read.

Quinn Colson is the Sherriff in Tibbehah County, Mississippi. His family has deep roots in the county, with his uncle having been the Sherriff himself at one time. The tricky part is, there is a lot of corruption in the County and even his family has been involved in it.

The novel pits Colson against not only a corrupt politician and businessman in Johnny Stagg but a motorcycle gang with its leader, Chains LeDoux, coming out of jail. All these nefarious characters have deep and nasty roots in the area.

During the course of the novel Colson and his female Deputy Sherriff, Lillie Virgil are being framed for shooting a corrupt police officer with the implicit suggestion that if they go after a 30 year old cold case to catch the killer then all would be taken care of. Colson doesn't quite understand why anyone is interested in the case but he certainly is as there was an unjust and unsolved vigilante murder that clear implicated powerful people in the town. It's a very convoluted and interesting plot with mostly bad, unlikable characters calling the shots.

For me, I was not quite as impressed with the writing and pace of this novel. While the story itself is a good one, the pacing is often ponderous and doesn't move the story along very well. And while I grasped Colson's motivations, he seemed way to slow to catch on to what was going on around him.

While the novel sets itself up nicely for the next installment, I`m not sure if I will be reading it.
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