Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review: THE BROKEN PLACE, by Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins
THE BROKEN PLACE (Quinn Colson #3)
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014
384 Pages
Suspense / Thriller / Crime

THE BROKEN PLACE just might be my favorite Ace Atkins book to date. Overall, I am enjoying the terse writing style, the depth of each and every character, and the steady pacing of each Quinn Colson thriller.

In THE BROKEN PLACE Sheriff Colson has his hands full. Three convicts have escaped prison. They have unsettled business in Tibbehah County. Money from a heist gone south should be waiting for them. If not, there was going to be hell to pay.

A new preacher in town has won the heart of Colson's sister, Caddy. Thing is, Jamey Dixon hit rock bottom before finding the Lord. Sent to prison for the murder of a young woman, Dixon was looking at life behind bars. That is until he was granted a pardon, and found himself a free man. Caddy loves the man Dixon is now. The family of Dixon's victim --not so much.

With a forced hand, Colson finds himself in the middle of investigations that have a direct effect on his family. If he's not careful, he and his deputy, Lillie, could find themselves on the wrong side of the law, and possible arrested for murder.

Hate to say this each time I review an Ace Atkins novel, but Quinn Colson is the perfect combination of Jack Reacher and Walt Longmire. His Quinn Colson series has that bad-ass military feel, and that small town everyone-knows-everyone handicap. Absolutely love the plots, the characters, and where Ace Atkins is taking the series!

Phillip Tomasso
Author of the Severed Empire Series,
and The Vaccination Trilogy

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