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

Ace Atkins
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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.


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  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,931 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
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars spot on, Ace May 22, 2013
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Ace Atkins has the knack of getting right to the heart of the matter. No unnecessary language needed to tell the story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't do profanity! July 21, 2013
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I love a good mystery, but foul language is a real affront to me. After the first few chapters, I decided my time would be better spent elsewhere. It was my first time to read an Ace Atkins book and I had expected better from an Auburn man. Disappointed.
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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.

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