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The Lost Ones (Quinn Colson #2)

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Fresh from ten years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi.  An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgi

Hardcover, 339 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published May 1st 2012)
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Mar 28, 2013 Kemper rated it really liked it
In Tibbehah County, Mississippi, a newly elected sheriff tries to track down a couple who were abusing and neglecting a pack of infants before selling them on the black market, and there’s a Mexican drug gang in the area looking to do a bulk gun deal.

And yet some people think that country life is boring.

This terrific follow-up to Ace Atkins' The Ranger finds Quinn Colson retired from the Army and trying to adjust to life as a lawman. If he wasn’t busy enough dealing with baby sellers and illegal
Aug 09, 2016 Carol. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Spencer, Reacher, Longmire, hick Westerns
Shelves: mystery
A fine book for a cold.

Let me 'splain.

I am referring to the summer head cold, a totally inappropriate, out-of-season malaise that bears absolutely no resemblance to the not-really-sick-cold one might use in a feeble attempt to get out of reading a book with grandfather. Those not-really-sick colds can be charmed out of existence by a book with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles.

This was not that kind of cold, but that was o.k., as this
James Thane
Jul 11, 2013 James Thane rated it really liked it
Ace Atkins is rapidly becoming one of my favorite writers. In this, the second novel to feature former Army Ranger Quinn Colson, Atkins weaves a compelling story with fully-developed and genuinely interesting characters.

In The Ranger, the first Quinn Colson novel, Colson returned home from his Army duty to attend the funeral of his uncle, the local sheriff of Tibbehah County in Mississippi. He found both his family and his town in crisis, and moved to deal with these problems as best he could. A
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2016 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
So I just reviewed the first in this series. This one picks up where that one left off. Now do I assume that if you're reading this you have already read the first book or not? No I better try not to leave any spoilers.

At least on purpose.

Quinn is now facing an entirely new set of problems and frankly he reacts in a somewhat short sighted and annoying way a great deal of the time.

However since that's his character I wasn't all that surprised..annoyed yes, but surprised no. Quinn's interaction wi
Jun 20, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who thinks 'redneck noir' sounds like a good mash-up
While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Ranger (review), Atkins really seems to hit his stride in the second book in the series. The cast of Tibbehah County characters returns -- new sheriff Quinn Colson, deputy Lillie Virgil, one-armed army vet Boom, Quinn's troubled sister Caddy and her son Jason, and sleazier than ever Johnny Stagg. Add to that illegal baby sellers, Mexican gunrunners, a redheaded vixen ATF agent, and a childhood friend of Quinn's headed down the wrong path, ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Martha rated it liked it
For me, some of my favorite summer reading is what I like to think of as "regional" fiction, in which an author's familiarity with a place in the U.S. fleshes out the character of a location along with the characters who live there. Ace Atkins is an author who does this beautifully. His place is rural Mississippi, where opportunities for work and personal fulfillment are, to say the least, limited. Want to see the world? Join the army. Which is what more than a few of the characters dwelling in ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jun 13, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“The Lost Ones” by Ace Atkins, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

This is the second book in the Quinn Colson series. One does not have to read the first book to enjoy “The Lost Ones”, however, after reading it you will want to go back and read the first one, “The Ranger”.

Quinn Colson was an Army Ranger who has returned to his home town in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, and finds himself being elected Sheriff.

Colson is informed of a possible child abuse case that leads him
Rex Fuller
Nov 11, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
This is great. The denizens of Tibbehah County, "Miss-ippi," from the wretchedly corrupt owner-of-everything Johnny Stagg to the good-hearted gun-runner Donnie Varner keep you smiling from sheer pleasure throughout. Quinn Colson is now a former Ranger and the Sheriff. He and his side-kick chief deputy Lillie Virgil contend with a baby selling ring and the local cell of Los Zetas, helped and/or hindered by the ATF. Everything builds very nicely to a full-on gun battle. If you enjoy a lot of famil ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Jeanette rated it did not like it
God almighty - another book abandoned due to my low patience threshold. Authors ( American in particular ) , don't assume we know what ( or where ) Biloxi is , for example. Take the time to consider that the world outside of the US ( or your country of origin) is very big , and some people (me) may be irritated by your assumptions that we all speak the American lingo and know the slang. This book has stars coming put of its ears but the first few paragraphs irritated me and I couldn't get past 5 ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
What a great story! I really enjoyed this book, No. 2 in the saga of Quinn Colson, former Army Ranger turned sheriff in his hometown in rural Mississippi. This one features a Mexican drug gang into smuggling guns and selling babies, plus the usual greedy locals. Colson gets involved when a severely injured baby is brought to a local hospital and he goes out to check on the family home. His personal/professional boundaries get tested on two fronts--when he learns an old buddy is dealing in guns a ...more
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The Lost Ones (Quinn Colson #2)
by Ace Atkins

5 of 5 Rating

Fresh from ten years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi.  An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkne
Craig Pittman
Mar 28, 2012 Craig Pittman rated it it was amazing
An absolutely outstanding thriller, with a pitch-perfect sense of place, an escalating and involving plot and interesting, believable characters.

This is the second novel in Ace Atkins' series about an ex-Army Ranger named Quinn Colson, and it far surpasses the first one. In the first novel, "The Ranger" we learn that Colson was a fatherless teenager whose uncle was sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. He got in a lot of scrapes as a kid and probably would've ended up in prison if his uncle
Timothy Hallinan
Aug 13, 2012 Timothy Hallinan rated it really liked it
This is a marvelous thriller by one of America's finest and most versatile crime novelists.

Ace Atkins has taken some heat lately because of his selection as Robert B. Parker's successor on the Spenser series, but the people who have been sniping at him obviously haven't read him. He's written wonderful historical crime fiction, including Devil's Garden, about the Fatty Arbucle case, Infamous, a drop-dead hilarious (and also sad and thrilling) novel about George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and Wicked Ci
May 01, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it
Won from Library Thing
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.50
Character Rating 4.00

First thought when finished: This book exceeded my expectations! A very good story coupled with a good mystery.

What I thought of the Case: I wasn't sure what to expect out of The Lost Ones because I had not read the first book in the series. I am a fan of "sheriff of the town" mysteries and this was that type of story with an adrenaline kick. Ace Atkins made no qualms about who the players were in the gun running game
Jun 20, 2013 Ed rated it liked it
#2 in the Quinn Colson series. Atkins is a vary talented author, but this novel suffers from inconsistent pacing. As Colson shuttles from trying to locate the woman who runs an illegal baby farm, to dealing with his arms dealing old buddy, to trying to straighten out a domestic situation with his sister and her son, the pace varies from frantic activity to torpor. Flashbacks relating a childhood story about him and his sister serve to flesh out the characters but their presentation is momentum d ...more
Bruce Snell
Aug 12, 2012 Bruce Snell rated it liked it
Book number 2 in the Quinn Colson series by Ace Atkins - 3.5 stars. Since the end of book one, Quinn has moved back to his home town in Tibbehah County, Mississippi where he has been elected Sheriff. He becomes involved in a case involving child abuse and baby selling when an investigator for the ATF comes to town seeking information about weapons sales - and, of course, the two stories turn out to be intertwined. Of course, there were the requisite gunfights and deaths, but it was just enough a ...more
A few months have passed since the events of The Ranger, the first Quinn Colson book from Atkins, where Colson returned home from 10 years as an Army Ranger and became Sheriff of Tibbehah County, Miss.

Colson is now settling into his job and feeling ready to use his influence to undo the corruption in county government. However, a child abuse case takes precedence, which leads to gun running, and Mexican drug cartels (oh my).

Yes, there are exciting shoot-em-up scenes. But the strength of the book
Carole Barrowman
Jan 25, 2013 Carole Barrowman rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-deadly
My favorite cool cowboy, Quinn Colson, introduced in last year's terrific "The Ranger," returns in "The Lost Ones" with his guns drawn. The setting is "Miss-ippi," outlaw country, where Varner's Quick Mart smells of "old grease and dead crickets," a "black woman named Peaches" makes the best pecan pie, and children and guns are traded like moonshine. Quinn is the new sheriff in town. With his deputy, Lillie Virgil (who could watch my back anytime), he gets seduced into an FBI drug sting that hit ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Viccy rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Quinn Colson was elected sheriff of Tibbehah County. He replaced his uncle, who killed himself after getting involved with some bribery and meth labs in the previous book in this series. Quinn finds himself dealing with his sister, Caddy, who has returned to Jericho to try and restart her life; two people running an illegal adoption ring and a group of Mexican gun dealers who are buying large quanities of weapons to ship back to the cartels. Lots of action and some great scene-setting. This seri ...more
Jill Manske
Sep 13, 2014 Jill Manske rated it really liked it
Another really good Ace Atkins book. This one delves a little deeper into the traumas in the lives of Quinn Colson and his sister and how they've both struggled in their own ways to overcome adversity. But it's mostly a story about human trafficking, gun smuggling and Mexican cartels. You may expect higher crime associated with cartels in border cities, but not so much in Mississippi. It's a real eye opener. Atkins is a superb crime writer, creating memorable and mostly likable characters and br ...more
May 21, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I've read most of Ace Atkins' previous books, but not "The Ranger" which is, I guess, the first book in this new series. Atkins has written a page-turner that I devoured in huge gulps over the course of a few days. The plot concerns Mexican drug cartels, gun-running and the search for justice, along with several sub-plots. Really enjoyable reading, I especially appreciate that Atkins can keep the action going and the body count climbing without writing graphically or leeringly about the violence ...more
Cheryl Simmons
I liked this book, but didn't love it. The characters were more complex, and the story line was more complex because of this, than the Spenser novel I just read by this author. It makes me wonder why an author would want to take over another author's characters and writing style when they already have their own novels in the same genre. Is it the challenge, the money, or trying to get your name out there so more people will read your "real" books? Interesting.......
Jeff Shelby
Jan 25, 2013 Jeff Shelby rated it it was amazing
Fantastic follow up to The Ranger. Colson is quickly becoming one of the most interesting figures in today's crime fiction world. Great story, tremendous dialogue and sense of place. Beautiful writing filled with terrific characters. Can't recommend enough.
Sep 15, 2016 Glee rated it really liked it
I'm warming up to Quinn Colson, but his (mis)adventures are not my favorite type, a bit too much guns and trucks. But Quinn himself is someone I like spending time with. He's no Walt Longmire, but he'll do. And the books are (pretty) short.
Nov 20, 2016 Peg rated it liked it
Very entertaining series with likable characters - enough funny stuff among the harsh parts and the gun fights in that wild state of Mississippi.
May 19, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it
i was really not impressed with this book. i wasn't even able to get through the first 3 chapters
Mar 23, 2016 Chompa rated it really liked it
Another solid book. Quinn Colson is now the sheriff of his county and Lillie the chief deputy. I really enjoyed the story and the characters continue to be interesting.
Apr 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Quinn Colson is one tough dude but he sure doesn't know women.

I am really liking this series and I think I need to find Atkin's other series because he sure can write purty... lol!
Phillip III
Mar 14, 2017 Phillip III rated it it was amazing

Quinn Colson is back. The former Ranger is now sheriff of a small Mississippi town. He stepped up after the death of his uncle, and now wears the badge.

In THE LOST ONES, Sheriff Colson has his hands full. Family first. His sister Caddy is back in town. She's had it rough. Drugs. Exotic dancing. A single mother. Only thing is, she doesn't take care of her own kid. Their mother, Jean, does. At least, she didn't take care of her own kid. Being back, she swears she's turned her life around. She is
Jan 27, 2017 Peggy rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Maybe just not my type of read, but I thought I'd give him one more shot with this 2nd in the series. I couldn't get even a quarter of the way through and did some skipping to see if it got any better, with no luck. I'm done with this series.
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Ace Atkins is the author of eight novels, including his latest, Infamous, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30.

While at the Tribune, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a
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Quinn Colson (7 books)
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