Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Review: The Innocents by Ace Atkins

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from G.P. Putnam's Sonsvia Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.

This new book came out last week, I accidentally forgot to hit send on the post, so you're getting my review, after the release!

innocents cover


The extraordinary new novel in the New York Times-bestselling author's acclaimed series about the real Deep South-"a joy ride into the heart of darkness" (The Washington Post). She was just seventeen, a high school dropout named Milly Jones, found walking down the middle of the highway, engulfed in flames. Even in a tough Mississippi county like Tibbehah, it shatters the community, and it is up to Sheriff Quinn Colson, back on the job after a year away, and his deputy Lillie Virgil, to investigate what happened and why. Before long, however, accusations start to fly, national media and federal authorities descend, and what seemed like a senseless act of violence begins to appear like something even more disturbing-with more victims waiting in the shadows.


Once again, this Quinn Colson novel takes its time spinning its tale, until like the proverbial fish, you're hooked on the line, and can't stop turning pages, eagerly waiting what you know will be a fireball of a climax (as al the books have had one), to see how the mystery at hand turns out, and the aftermath of the destruction. This story brings Quinn back home, into a personal struggle and the inability to not help his former deputy, now Sheriff, solve Milly's death. But what they open up is a can or worms, with far reaching effects.

 Like all of the Quinn novels, what happened 1 or 2 books ago, is having the domino effect in this book, and the ending gives you hints of the dominoes that will fall in the next story, as Quinn takes up the mantle as Sheriff again. If you love this series, so NOT miss this book, as it finishes some of the previous storylines and opens new ones! If you haven't read any of the series, I would recommend reading from book 1, as you really need to know about the background and previous incidents. But be sure not to miss this Mississippi set mystery series!

About the Author:

Ace Atkins is the author of nineteen books, including six Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which,  and The Lost Ones, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"). In addition, he is the author of four New York Times-bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, Atkins was a correspondent for The St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for The Tampa Tribune>, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover ofSports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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