Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Redeemers - Ace Atkins

My review of Ace Atkins' The Redeemers first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers. I am posting it here today with their permission. Hope you enjoy!

First line: "Mickey Walls didn't bring up the subject until after he'd paid the Huddle House check and was walking out to his red Hummer parked on top of a ridge overlooking Highway 45."

Former Army Ranger and now former sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Quinn Colson just can't escape the ugliness the world has to offer. His sister, Caddy, has fallen off the wagon--back abusing drugs--and a deputy is shot and left for dead during a burglary on Quinn's last night as sheriff. Leaving Tibbehah looks like a better option every minute.

In the fifth book of Ace Atkins' Quinn Colson series, his protagonist is again faced with dark and difficult decisions to make. Quinn has rekindled his relationship with his high school girlfriend, Anna Lee, and his rambling father, Jason, is back living on Quinn's property, urging his son to give farming a go. But Quinn doesn't see himself as a farmer; without his role as sheriff, he doesn't know where he fits.

Luckily, Mississippi isn't quite ready to let its native son go. Quinn is tangentially pulled into the burglary investigation as it snowballs out of control and changes the entire landscape of Quinn's hometown.

Atkins has created another suspenseful installment of this series. Despite the novel's nearly 400 pages, the plot is tight and will grip readers with plenty of action and twists.

But The Redeemers, like the previous books in this series, goes beyond a thrilling story. Atkins delves into the darkest and messiest depths of his wonderfully complex characters in order to pull out rays of hope for humanity. Readers unfamiliar with this series don't need to start at the beginning, but they should definitely start.

The Redeemers is available in hardcover from Putnam (9780399173943) and as an unabridged audio (9781490684215), narrated by Brian D'Arcy James, from Recorded Books.

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