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Ace Atkins


Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including THE BROKEN PLACES and ROBERT B. PARKER'S WONDERLAND, both of which release 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. Last year, he 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, he 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 --- epresent a return to Ace’s first love: hero-driven series fiction. Quinn Colson is a real hero --- a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan --- who returns 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.

Ace Atkins

Books by Ace Atkins

by Ace Atkins - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched. Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching.

by Ace Atkins - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players—a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.

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.