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Ace Atkins

Biography

Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of 19 novels, including THE INNOCENTS and ROBERT B. PARKER'S SLOW BURN.

One of the best crime writers working today, Ace has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction, including the Edgar three times, 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.

Ace Atkins

Books by Ace Atkins

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When a former high school cheerleader is found walking a back road completely engulfed in flames, the entire state of Mississippi focuses on Tibbehah county, wanting answers. The light soon shines on several people: the girl’s father, a worthless drunk; a pair of teenage thugs with grand ambitions to control north Mississippi; and a red-headed truck stop madam who has her own problems. As Quinn Colson and acting Sheriff Lillie Virgil uncover old secrets and new lies, the entire town turns against them, and they learn that the most dangerous enemies may be the ones you trust most.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Quinn Colson is jobless --- voted out of his position as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, somebody smashes through the house of a wealthy mill owner, making off with a safe full of money and shooting a deputy. As Deputy Lillie Virgil hunts the criminals and draws Colson in, other people join the chase but with a much more personal motive. For that safe contained more than just money --- it held secrets. And as Colson well knows, secrets can kill.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Mystery

The fire at a boarded-up Catholic church killed three firefighters who were trapped in the inferno. A year later, there are still no answers about how the deadly fire started. Boston firefighter Jack McGee, who lost his best friend in the blaze, suspects arson. McGee is convinced that department investigators aren’t sufficiently connected to the city’s lowlifes to get a handle on who's behind the blaze, so he takes the case to Spenser. Spenser quickly learns that the fire might be linked to a rash of new arsons spreading through the city, burning faster and hotter every night.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Mystery

What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges. Judge Joe Scali gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi. In less than two days, he was accused of rape and murder and lynched. When evidence surfaces of his innocence, county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out to charge those responsible for the lynching. But as he uncovers old lies and secrets, he runs into fierce opposition from people willing to play dirty. He finds himself accused of terrible crimes, and it is anyone’s guess who will prevail --- or even come out of it alive.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Mystery

When football star Kinjo Heywood’s nine-year-old son is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston’s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser’s protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser’s back and return the child to Heywood’s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Convicted murderer Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge. The men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery, also don’t believe him; they break out and head straight to Jericho. Quinn Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they have their work cut out for them, but they don’t count on a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Mystery

A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry Cimoli's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, and plans to turn to a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Mystery

When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother's death, he's not completely convinced by her claim that the original investigation was botched. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives: they're the very characteristics he abides by.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Thriller
Quinn Colson left Mississippi and never looked back. Now he must return as an Army Ranger for his uncle's funeral. An admired sheriff, Uncle Hampton supposedly shot himself, but Quinn is ready to face enemies --- old, new, and very dangerous --- to get to the truth.