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The Broken Places (A Quinn Colson Novel) Hardcover – May 30, 2013

Book 3 of 5 in the Quinn Colson Series

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,917 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

Customer Reviews

It's a great read, and I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
James L. Thane
The story here is full of action and suspense, it all moves at a very fast pace and even Mother Nature contributes to the mayham.
k.c. quinn
This is his finest Quinn Colson novel and among all of his work, one of his best.
JEFFREY MCGRAW

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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 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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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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More About the Author

Ace Atkins is the New York Times Bestselling author of seventeen novels, including the forthcoming The Redeemers and Robert B. Parker's Kickback, both out from G.P. Putnam's Sons in 2015.

One of the best crime writers working today, Ace has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction, including the Edgar twice for novels about former U.S. Army Ranger Quinn Colson. A former newspaper reporter and SEC football player, Ace also writes essays and investigative pieces for several national magazines including Outside and Garden & Gun.

He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family, where he's friend to many dogs and several bartenders.

Find out more about Ace and his novels on his official website: aceatkins.com, on Facebook Ace Atkins, and on Twitter @aceatkins.
















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