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When infamous murderer Casey Dixon is released from prison and returns to Jericho preaching redemption, skeptical sheriff Quinn Colson is forced to confront Dixon's former partners in crime and the vengeance-seeking family of Dixon's victim. - (Baker & Taylor)

When an infamous murderer is released from prison and returns to Jericho preaching redemption, skeptical sheriff Quinn Colson is forced to confront the man's vengeance-seeking victims and former partners in crime, a situation that is further complicated by a dangerous tornado. - (Baker & Taylor)

The remarkable third novel in the “harrowing” (Associated Press), “killer” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) new series about the real Deep South from theNew York Times–bestselling author.

A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge.

Another group who doesn’t believe him—the men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery. They’re sure he’s gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves.

Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they’ve got their work cut out for them. But they don’t count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head. Communications are down, the roads are impassable—and the rule of law is just about to snap. - (Penguin Putnam)

Author Biography

ACE ATKINS is the author of eleven previous books, including two Quinn Colson novels,The Ranger—nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel—and The Lost Ones. In addition, he has been selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, the first of which,Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi. - (Penguin Putnam)

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Booklist Reviews

Quinn Colson, Afghanistan War veteran turned hometown sheriff, returns for a third tale of crime fighting in Jericho, Mississippi, with criminals and natural disasters competing to wreak the greatest damage. Trouble has crept into Quinn's private life via his sister, Caddy, who has dived headlong into a relationship with recently pardoned murderer Jamey Dixon. Dixon, ordained a minister through a prison theology program, is preaching redemption at his new church, but many locals are skeptical. Before long, Dixon's return threatens the entire community. Two of his prison buddies escape, determined to retrieve the fortune they're convinced Dixon has stolen from them. At the same time, Jericho is hammered by a storm that shields the escapees and challenges Quinn to emerge as the community's leader. Atkins' voice is graceful and tense as he portrays Jericho's residents facing human and natural threats with a certainty that their community will prevail. Readers'-advisory opportunities abound with Atkins' habit-forming series, which shares a tremendous sense of (rural) place and powerfully nuanced characterization with those of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and C. J. Box. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Atkins's third book in the "Quinn Colson" series (after The Ranger and The Lost Ones) begins when intelligent, nasty thugs Esau and Bones escape the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman Farm so they can recover some loot they left with murderer and ex-con Jamey Dixon. A fascinating character, Jamey found Jesus and is now giving his all to preaching. He's one of them deep thinkers (says things like, "[m]y Jesus would dig Marshall Tucker"), who believes "…everything he read from the Bible or learned from Johnny Cash" and is mutually besotted with his girlfriend Caddy. Local sheriff Quinn Colson is a dutiful, likable 13-tour vet of Iraq who stays calm in the most painstakingly tense situations. The big problem them boys don't know is that Quinn is also Caddy's brother. Anyone who puts a Southern man's beloved sister close to dangerous conflict is going to have a problem The three-pointed conflagration coincides with a combo-meal rainstorm/flood/tornado ripping the area apart, itself a culmination of Atkins's concise, but masterly, descriptions of Southern weather. Hidden agendas muddy typical good/bad guy dynamics and Atkins has real men grappling with classic themes like redemption, duty, villainy, and sympathy; his knack for realistic dialog is especially attuned to the direct, Southern way of speaking that conveys volumes about the speaker's nobility or crudeness. Verdict Supercool. "Manly" writing akin to Elmore Leonard's Detroit Westerns. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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