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Product Details

  • Series: A Quinn Colson Novel (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161780
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Quinn Colson, Afghanistan War veteran turned hometown sheriff, returns for a third tale of crime fighting in Jericho, Mississippi, with criminals and natural disasters competing to wreak the greatest damage. Trouble has crept into Quinn’s private life via his sister, Caddy, who has dived headlong into a relationship with recently pardoned murderer Jamey Dixon. Dixon, ordained a minister through a prison theology program, is preaching redemption at his new church, but many locals are skeptical. Before long, Dixon’s return threatens the entire community. Two of his prison buddies escape, determined to retrieve the fortune they’re convinced Dixon has stolen from them. At the same time, Jericho is hammered by a storm that shields the escapees and challenges Quinn to emerge as the community’s leader. Atkins’ voice is graceful and tense as he portrays Jericho’s residents facing human and natural threats with a certainty that their community will prevail. Readers’-advisory opportunities abound with Atkins’ habit-forming series, which shares a tremendous sense of (rural) place and powerfully nuanced characterization with those of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and C. J. Box. --Christine Tran

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Praise for The Broken Places
 
“Ace Atkins’ killing honestly sets a new standard for Southern crime novels.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Ace Atkins’ Quinn Colson novels have been exceptional from the start . . . whether readers are new to the series or fans from the start, The Broken Places will touch them the way all great novels do, profoundly.”—Shelf Awareness
 
“The action is stark and gripping, the Southern locale suitably atmospheric and the bevy of characters convincing.”—The Houston Chronicle
 
“Atkins continues to combine sturdy character studies with an action-packed tale about the contemporary issues of war veterans and small-town corruption . . . The Broken Places again shows what a powerful storyteller Atkins is.”—Tulsa World
 
“Atkins just gets better and better . . . I will throw down against anyone who disagrees with the statement that Atkins is one of our best American authors.  Period . . . No matter what literary genre you might favor, The Broken Places is a book you should read and will not forget.”—bookreporter.com
 
“Atkins’ voice is graceful and tense . . . Atkins’ habit-forming series [shares] a tremendous sense of (rural) place and powerfully nuanced characterization with those of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and C. J. Box.”—Booklist
 
“A high-tension thriller with a hero to rival Jack Reacher.”—Kirkus
 
“Supercool. ‘Manly’ writing akin to Elmore Leonard’s Detroit Westerns.”—Library Journal
 
“Amid the full-throttle plot, Atkins never loses sight of his characters’ sensitivities.”—Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Ace Atkins is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the forthcoming The Broken Places and Robert B. Parker's Wonderland both out from G.P. Putnam's Sons in May 2013.
A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30. In addition to numerous awards, Ace was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston's iconic private eye, Spenser.
As a reporter, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s. The story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow, which earned raves from noted authors and critics. In his next novels, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, and Infamous, blended first-hand interviews and original research into police and court records with tightly woven plots and incisive characters. The historical novels told great American stories by weaving fact and fiction into a colorful, seamless tapestry.
The Broken Places, The Lost Ones, and The Ranger -- all part of the unfolding Quinn Colson saga -- represent a return to Ace's first love: hero-driven series fiction. Colson is a real hero--a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan--who comes home to north Mississippi to fight corruption on his home turf. The stories, contemporary tales with a dash of classic westerns and noir, are currently in development for a major television series.
Ace lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family.

Customer Reviews

This is the third book in the Quinn Colson series.
O. J. Gottardi II
This is a great story where the plot is brilliantly written around the lives of its characters.
B. L Hewitt
I've read all three of the Quinn Colson books and definitely got my money's worth.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George R. Johnson VINE VOICE on April 29, 2013
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Ace Atkins is back with his third Quinn Colson novel.

Colson has been Sheriff for a year and, as usual, is dealing with a multitude of problems, both big and small. A turnip thief is loose. Three convicts have broken out of a nearby prison. An infamous killer from that same prison has been pardoned and returned to the area as a preacher. The victim's family is incensed and want something done about him.

Oh, and Colson's sister is seeing the infamous Preacher and plans to marry him.

On top of all that, heavy thunderstorms are blanketing the area and tornadoes have touched down, one big one ripping up the town.

Colson is perplexed about why the convicts are in the area until an old Wells Fargo armored car is found dragged out of a pond, two dead men in the cab and the back empty of a considerable amount of cash.

How it all ties together is the crux of a well written story by the author. The Quinn Colson series has become a favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By freddyling on June 5, 2013
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The plot and characterizations are A+. Ace is a good author who gets to the nitty -gritty of the people and places involved. This would be a 5 if he had not manipulated the ending for his next book. I'll follow this series none the less. I like his ability to portray the southern climes without making the people clowns or hicks. I've read 4 or 5 books now by Ace and He keeps me entertained and mentally challenged. One of the best US writers currently in print.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Campbell VINE VOICE on May 13, 2013
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Former ranger turned lawman Quinn Colson returns for another atmospheric adventure in "The Broken Places" from author Ace Atkins. A year into his job as the sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Colson has his work cut out for him with the return of a paroled murderer turned bible-thumping preacher. Colson's sister, Caddy, falls under the spell of the made-over minister, and she helps him to form a new church in the Jericho community. Jamey Dixon professes to be a changed man--a man of God--but not everyone takes him at his word. Quinn, of course, has his doubts, and so does Ophelia Bundren, the county coroner, who happens to be the sister of Dixon's victim. Others with a keen interest in Dixon are his former prison-mates who confided in him about their last heist--an armored-car full of cash and dead guards which ended up sunk in a pond. Now that Dixon is free man, his prison buddies naturally assume he will claim their stolen loot for himself, and they hatch a well-executed prison break in order to beat him at his own game. As usual, Quinn has his deputy Lillie Virgil and his best friend Boom as backup, but will the three of them be strong enough to handle the destruction of the tornado that tears through the town just as the wave of lawlessness reaches its crest? With each Quinn Colson book, we gain more of an insight into the man himself and his relationships with friends and family. In "The Broken Places" we also glimpse a more vulnerable side of Quinn as his rekindled romance with the woman who married another man plays havoc with his peace of mind. The first two books in the series are "The Ranger", and then "The Lost Ones". I recommend reading the three books in order so that you can enjoy the full-throttle ride with its hoot of humor, raunchy bad guys, and a hero who's just imperfect enough to be just right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mac Blair on January 2, 2014
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To me the first two Colson Novels were better than this one. I really liked the character of Quinn Colson. I thought he stood up for the underdog and did what was right. I got that from reading the first two books. Now in the third one Atkins shoots that down with Colson fooling with another man's wife. I thought he was above that. I hope he does not do the same thing to Spencer as he writes that series for the Parker family. After reading these books you get a feeling for these people and I was really disappointed with the way Atkins handled the Colson character in a few places in this book.

Most other reviews have told you the story of the book so I won't go there any more. One thing I did question, after the tornado hit and every thing in town was torn up, buildings down, no lights, nothing. But a few pages later Jamey Dixon has $20,000.00 as says, "That's all the bank would let me have." Just like the bank was open and had not been hit by the tornado.

I may or may not get the next book in this series. Of course that really won't matter to Ace Atkins but I don't know that I want any more of Quinn Colson after this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on July 9, 2013
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This can be enjoyed as a stand alone, but you'll likely like it better if you've read the two preceding books. I've missed one of those earlier ones, but enjoyed meeting the regular characters again.

It's full bodied characterization that lifts Ace Atkins books about Quinn Colson above average. Not only that, but Atkins has a knack for surprising you as you get to know the characters better. This installment has more than one character that you expect to dislike but turns out to be deeper than you would think.

If you've read previous Colson books, you'll undoubtedly read this one regardless of reviews. If you haven't, well, you have a treat waiting for you, but you may need to also read the two predecessors to especially appreciate this one.
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