The Fallen

The Fallen

Book - 2017
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From New York Times -bestselling Southern crime master Ace Atkins comes a rollicking, suspenseful tale of bank robbers, good ole boy politicians, truck stop women, and one decent man crazy enough to fight them all.

Tibbehah County Sheriff Quinn Colson had to admit he admired the bank robbers who'd been wreaking havoc in the MidSouth. A new bank was getting hit every week, and the robbers rushed in and out with such skill and precision it reminded him of raids he'd led as an Army Ranger. In fact, it reminded him so much of the techniques in the Ranger Handbook that he couldn't help wondering if the outlaws were former Rangers themselves.

Quinn and his right-hand woman, straight-talking deputy Lillie Virgil, turned the county upside down after the crew hit Jericho First National, but they had disappeared like smoke. Almost as if they had help.

God knows, Tibbehah has always been a haven for outlaws, from long-ago bootleggers to the truck stop den of iniquity now run by flame-haired madam Fannie Hathcock. So when the pious new head of the county supervisors, a flinty man named Skinner, says he plans to make the county like it used to be by getting rid of Fannie, Quinn has to wonder what he really wants.

Standing between Quinn and the truth, he'll cross paths with the last vestiges of the Dixie Mafia, a rising state senator fueled up with ambition and greed, and the recent disappearance of two teens that may be the secret to taking down the whole house of cards.

The Fallen demonstrates once again why The New York Times said, "Atkins sets a new standard for Southern crime fiction."
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399576713
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 358 pages : map ; 24 cm.


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Oct 05, 2017

Another hit in the series. While you could read this a stand alone, I would recommend reading all in the series and then, re-read this. Can't wait for the next..

Sep 27, 2017

The worst Ace Atkins/Quinn Colson novel I've read (and I've read many). I accept "off-color" dialog from the characters, when it is in-character, but this novel had an overabundance from, not the characters, but from the narrator/author. Not acceptable. That, and too many proofreading slips, cheapened this effort by a talented author. Come on, Ace, get back to quality writing.

Sep 02, 2017

This was my first Ace Atkins and first Quinn Colson book, though it is the seventh of the Quinn Colson series… No doubt, I will go back and read these early volumes.

Northern Mississippi noir, and very satisfying. Gritty, funny, brutally honest. The corruption and the vice. The good guys blending in with the bad, flinty and flawed, seeking honor and redemption.

May 26, 2017

My spiritual fiancé Sheriff Quinn Colson is once again...oh crap I've gotten my realities mixed up again.
Full disclosure I don't think Ace Atkins could write a bad book, or a boring book. (But then again I don't read the Spenser books because I dislike that entire series). So I guess I could stop here and just say read this, read this the minute it comes out. But I'll spend a bit of time telling you why.
He writes beautifully of the setting, north Mississippi with its stark beauty of the Delta or the lush beauty of the hill country. Since Atkins now lives in Oxford, MS he knows the awful history, poverty and corruption balanced by the warmth of the people, the faith, the culture and the growing prosperity.
Ace Atkins rarely has a character painted in grey tones. Some might see that as a negative, but these are thrilling action packed stories. Shades of grey aren't needed. I would surely love to be invited to one of Miss Jean's fried chicken dinners and share a table with Quinn, Boom, Jason, Cady and Lillie. I might also like to visit Vienna's and meet Fannie, just because she is so fascinating. By the end of the story she makes me wish the original Tibbehah bad guy was out of jail and back in town.
The story is of three men wearing Trump masks robbing banks across the south. They finally hit a bank in Tibbehah County. But what is unknown is that two of the men have connections to Tibbehah. The robbers finally bite off more than they can handle because of these connections. There is a sad subplot of Cady trying to track down two young girls who have had the misfortune to have encountered Miss Fannie.
Atkins does dialogue so very well, fast moving, realistic and clever. Warning, if you are offended by bad language steer clear. He does action equally as well, also fast moving, realistic (mostly) and clever.
My favorite line was uttered by a bad guy but still almost made me cry with envy: "Had a Sazerac over at the Roosevelt." Damn, I miss those days when I could say those same words.
I have been a fan of Atkins since he wrote the Nick Travers series. So I will raise a Sazerac in honor of Ace in salute of a terrific new read. Although this is part of a series, I see no reason why it could not be read as a standalone. It will just want to make you go back and read the others.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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