The extraordinary new novel in New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins' acclaimed series about the real Deep South - 'a joy ride into the heart of darkness' (The Washington Post).
Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched.
Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger's remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose - and they can play dirty themselves.
Soon Colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody's guess who will prevail - or even come out of it alive.
Atkins is at the top of his game in Quinn's fourth appearance, filled with nonstop action and moral ambiguities. The sheriff's many flaws only enhance his human appeal. - Kirkus Reviews
Atkins excels in solid pacing, effective dialogue and compelling characters ... He shapes Quinn not as a superman, but as a flawed man who wants to do the right thing for his hometown. - Tulsa World
Lean prose, solid pacing, and a compelling lead distinguish bestseller Atkins's gritty fourth Quinn Colson novel. - Publishers Weekly
Articulate characters [and] a densely layered stack of stories. Atkins finds his natural-born storytellers everywhere. It's all music to these ears. - The New York Times Book Review
Atkins excels in solid pacing, effective dialogue and compelling characters . . . [he] shapes Quinn not as a superman, but as a flawed man who wants to do the right thing for his hometown . . . The excellent Quinn Colson novels, as illustrated in "The Forsaken," are the true showcase for Atkins' storytelling skills. - Associated Press
Quinn Colson is my kind of guy. I would follow him anywhere. - Lee Child
American crime at its tough, atmospheric best. - September picks, Sunday Times Crime Club
One of the best crime writers working today, Ace Atkins has been nominated for multiple major awards in crime fiction, including the Edgar three times, twice for novels about former U.S. Army Ranger Quinn Colson. He's written eight books in the Colson series, with many more to come. He continued Robert B. Parker's iconic Spenser character after Parker's death in 2010, and has added seven best-selling novels in that series.
A former newspaper reporter and SEC football player, Ace also writes essays and investigative pieces for several national magazines including Time, Outside, and Garden & Gun.
He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family, where he's friend to many dogs and several bartenders.
Find out more about Ace and his novels on his official website: aceatkins.com, on Facebook Ace Atkins, and on Twitter @aceatkins.