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Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Nick Travers) [Kindle Edition]

Ace Atkins
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This Edgar Award-nominated short story featuring New Orleans music historian/detective Nick Travers was written nearly 15 years ago -- and then forgotten by author Ace Atkins. The story was rescued from an old floppy disc and first published in 2008, in a special, 10th anniversary edition of Crossroad Blues. To Atkins' surprise, that edition earned an Edgar Award nomination for the forgotten Nick Travers tale. The story shows Nick at his best: in New Orleans, at JoJo's Blues Bar, helping an old friend, challenging the powerful, and getting in way over his head.

Product Details

  • File Size: 95 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L82SLM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace Atkins' First Story--The Genesis of Nick Travers October 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ace Atins is quite a writer. He has mastered the art of fiction, having created two outstanding protagonists, Nick Travers and Quinn Colson, and has been selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to carry on Parker's most famous character, Spenser. He has also mastered the art of "faction," fiction based on fact, such as his outstanding "Wicked City, a story of Phenix City and the gambling,lawlessness and violence that permeated the small Alabama mill town bordering Columbus, Ga. in the fities.

It all began with this book, this short story, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down," in which Nick Travers bursts on the literary scene for the first time.

This was Atkins' first story, one that stayed in his desk (or in his computer) for 18 years or so, until Amazon with its Kindle Shorts series began looking for good short stories.

Thus, this story has come to light, and that's a good thing. This is a story that deserves to be read. It's much too good to remain on a computer or in a filing cabinet.

If you like Ace Atkins don't miss it; if you like Nick Travers don't miss it.

And if you are looking for a good writers and good characters to follow, try Ace Aktins and his Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atkins Brings On A Flawless Travers February 21, 2015
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I've grown to be a big Ace Atkins fan over time. I first stumbled onto a few of his early releases by accident. Over time I've read through most of his books. Now I can't wait until the next Quinn Colson book is out (July 2015). I was scrolling through Amazon to check the release date on a new book and came across this short story. What a great little gem. Nicely written with near perfect atmospherics for nitty gritty New Orleans. His characters are authentic and brought to us in living color. The tight path through this short story shows yet another of Atkins skills. I gave this five stars for what it achieves so perfectly: the good short story is growing harder to find, LFDGD nails the short form; Atkins was willing to release one of his older stories and I felt like I had stumbled onto Atkins for the first time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read July 18, 2013
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Love Love Love Ace Atkins characters and story lines. Keeps my interest to the point I find it hard to put the book down.
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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:, on Facebook Ace Atkins, and on Twitter @aceatkins.

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