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“Beneath the down-home Southern trappings, fans will find Atkins' customary mixture of political corruption, true-blue policing, intimate betrayals, and wholesale violence....[P]uts a whole new spin on catharsis.”—Kirkus Reviews
“As in recent books, Atkins lightens the mood with some humor, presenting a warts-and-all portrayal of a Southern community.”—Publishers Weekly
“Action-packed and engrossing...a superb novel about corruption, politics, crime, dirty deals, and people trying to lead honest lives. Atkins delivers stronger tales with each outing.”—Associated Press
“The Fallen stands as an example of crime fiction’s ability to reflect society while completely entertaining the reader....It is Michael Mann’s Heat filtered though both Faulkner and Smokey & The Bandit, with Atkins fully engaged in every trope he loves as well as the time he is writing in.”—MysteryPeople.com
More Praise For Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson Series
“In Quinn Colson, bestselling author Ace Atkins has created an American hero in a time when we need him.”—C. J. Box
“Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson series is, quite simply, the best in crime fiction today—and also so much more. With a rich cast of characters, and a hero we can count on, these are tales of morality and desperation, of shocking violence and the enduring resilience of family and community. And the emotional places they take us make them unforgettable.”—Megan Abbott
“Quinn Colson is my kind of guy. I would follow him anywhere.”—Lee Child
“Atkins finds his natural-born storytellers everywhere. It’s all music to these ears.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
- ASIN : B01MPWT7AQ
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 18, 2017)
- Publication date : July 18, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2818 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,382 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These books usually are about four things: the crime du jour in Tibbehah County, where Quinn's county sheriff; deeper local corruption; the ups and downs of his family; and his love life.
Corruption: It’s changed flavors, with Colson’s longtime nemesis, strip-joint operator and county commissioner Johnny Stagg now in federal prison. Stagg’s truck stop has been taken over by an out of town madam. Colson is inclined to let things ride (as it were) but gets caught in the middle when a moralistic county commissioner wants to shut her down. And Fannie Hathcock - great madam name, no? - has her own resources: roots deep in the oldtime Dixie Mafia. She’s involved in more disturbing activities, and meanwhile her preachy nemesis is not what he seems, either.
Family: Colson’s quintessentially Southern mom Jean and lost-but-now-found-again little sister Caddie are fine, as is Caddie’s son Jason whom Quinn is like a dad to. Caddie runs a mission but her seamy past haunts her. She searches for two teenage girls who passed through her mission but have now disappeared. She fears they’ve been forced into prostitution, and knows what that means for a teenage girl, owing to her own past.
Love life: With childhood sweetheart Anna Stevens and funeral home operator Ophelia Bundren both in Quinn’s rearview mirror, he’s ripe for the plucking when Maggie Powers, a girl he’d known in childhood, shows up back in town - her marriage on the rocks, a child in tow. They take it slow but there’s a real attraction there. Then he discovers some major baggage.
The criminals du jour are a change of pace. a robbery ring wearing Trump masks that can get in and out of banks in 90 seconds flat. They’re slick, and Colson, watching video of Jericho’s own bank getting hit, recognizes their precision as that of veterans skilled at planning missions and clearing rooms. They’re motivated not by PTSD or financial need, but by wanting to regain combat’s adrenaline rush, which nothing else in civilian life matches. Atkins is onto something here.
We coast a bit here as Atkins shifts gears in Colson’s life, and that’s fine. We’ve seen much personal turmoil for our protagonist and his inner circle - Caddie lost to drugs and prostitution, their dad showing up and vanishing again, a tornado, Quinn’s own political struggles finding him in office, out of it and now back in again. We like to see them on an even keel while working to protect their small town.
But it’s an endless struggle. Hathcock has a bad-girl charm but in her own way is just as evil as Stagg was. The fate of the two teenage girls, and what they represent, hangs over the whole story. The faint but tangible links between local gentry and organized crime still exist. And Colson’s top deputy, Lillie Vergil, is thinking of moving on. You can coast for a while, but time waits for no one.
No spoilers, but as the book ends, new pockets of conflict are created that point to trouble in the future.
When I read a novel I ask myself - do I care about the main characters and do I want to know more about them.
With Atkins, I always want to know more. The only minor criticism I would have is the use of the description "big assed."
If a character refers to a truck as "big assed" or a gun as "big assed" or a guy as "big assed" that's one thing. But I don't
think the writer should use it in the narrative sense. When he uses the term "big assed" from the narrator's point of view, it
suggests that he has either run out of adjectives or has a very limited vocabulary. I don't think either is the case with Atkins
so I wish he would limit the colloquial "big assed" to characters who are speaking in his novels. Also please don't take
Lillie Virgil out of the story. Love her.
Also as a combat veteran I am a little disappointed to see another portrayal of a mentally unstable veteran. I realize this is part of a national narrative (that should be discussed) but its a little cliche at this point. MAJORITY of us veterans get our stuff together after the initial phase of readjustment.
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Quinn Colson is an ex-US Army Ranger now serving as a sheriff somewhere in Mississippi. In The Fallen we have a few over-lapping story threads. A series of bank robberies have being taking place in the vicinity and from their execution, Colson fancies that the culprits are ex-military. A domestic burglary, sees Quinn back in contact with an old childhood friend - a rather attractive one and one who is going through a difficult divorce from her husband.
In the background, Quinn's once troubled sister, Caddy her life now back on track is concerned about the disappearance of two vulnerable young teenagers who she met while conducting her work at a church-cum-charity. The girls, who weren't averse to using their bodies as a means of gaining approval have gone off radar and Caddy believes a prostitution and trafficking ring is responsible. Trying to convince her brother to investigate is another matter.
We get some of Caddy and Colson's backgrounds during the course of the tale. An errant father, a difficult mother and some failed relationships and we cross paths with characters which I assume were the subject of previous books in the series. We spend some time with Quinn's close colleague in the police service, Lillie and we observe the tensions in their relationships, both professionally and with some personal stuff.
All the strands of our seemingly separate crimes, inevitably get woven together with different connecting protagonists, each harbouring different motives and agendas for their actions. It was convincingly done, but despite the appeal of the bank robber theme - one of my favourite tropes in the genre I was just vaguely unsatisfied by the overall narrative.
I enjoyed the setting - Mississippi with the odd diversion to Memphis. Colson with his background and his pursuit of romance was an okay character, but not especially memorable or stand-out. He didn't actually seem to do an awful lot of investigating, more kind of showing up after events and reacting as opposed to being particularly pro-active in solving the crimes. Maybe a small town sheriff's role is more crime prevention than detection.
We did have some interesting themes covered in the book which were a plus for me....bank robbery, prostitution, trafficking, domestic trouble and small town politics. They didn't manage to elevate the book above average entertainment though.
The Fallen is the eighth Quinn Colson book in this series. I have something else from it on the pile and while I liked this one, I'm not minded to seek out all previous entries in the series.
3 from 5
I did request this via Penguin Random House's First to Read programme but didn't complete the book in the time I was given to read it before it disappeared from my device. I wasn't particularly enamoured by the format I was reading in, so ending up purchasing a kindle copy to complete.
Read in July 2017
Published - 2017
Page count - 370
Source - purchased copy,
Format - Kindle
What's Quinn going to do about Mr White and his all powerful friends? Or , maybe get his romantic head screwed on right and do the right thing by Lillie?
Let me know when book 9 is coming out asap!