The Sin­ners Ace Atkins

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - BOOKS -

Tibbe­hah County, Mis­sis­sippi, has never been an easy place to po­lice. Quinn Col­son, a straight-as-a-die former army ranger turned sher­iff, has learned he must fight fire with fire to pro­tect his com­mu­nity.

But the drug-deal­ing, may­hem-prone red­neck Pritchard clan has at­tracted the at­ten­tion of a dan­ger­ous Gulf Coast drug and pros­ti­tu­tion syn­di­cate who feel the good ‘ol boys are muscling in on their patch.

As trou­ble with a cap­i­tal T bar­rels it way down High­way 45 from Mem­phis, Quinn must mar­shal his forces to pre­vent what threat­ens to be a blood­bath in his com­mu­nity, all the while try­ing to pre­pare for his up­com­ing nup­tials.

US crime fic­tion doesn’t come much grit­tier than this as Atkins con­denses Amer­ica’s cur­rent prob­lems of racism, misog­yny and vi­o­lence into a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing if vi­o­lent read.

Cor­sair, trade pa­per­back, 365 pages, €17.99

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