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.