Stepping out of the gate a little more subdued than his first novel, the Ranger, the second offering in the Quinn Colson series finds the now SheriffStepping out of the gate a little more subdued than his first novel, the Ranger, the second offering in the Quinn Colson series finds the now Sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, confronted with two major issues seemingly unrelated. There’s an illegal child adoption ring, discovered after a youngster is beaten to death, and the activities of a local gun-runner, with possible ties to the Mexican cartel, supply the framework for the story, but it’s the relationships that hook the reader.
Along with the backstory of Quinn and his sister Caddy’s relationship, there is the boyhood friend Donnie, choosing to push the line between right and wrong, Boom, the one-armed military buddy finding his way in between bouts of boozing and fighting, a new love/hate relationship with an FBI agent, and his ongoing battle with the corrupted political powers. With the support and ever present conscience of his deputy Lillie Virgil, and following an unspoken code of ethics, Quinn embodies the steadfast and rock solid style of law enforcement that stands for justice, with minor unorthodox means.
Ace Atkin’s Quinn Colson is one to add to your shelf. The books offer a strong sense of place, and characters to believe in and root for. ...more
What do a dead bank robber, murderous bounty hunter, animal shelter, Los Muertos (motorcycle gang), and a morning talk show host have in common?
FeralWhat do a dead bank robber, murderous bounty hunter, animal shelter, Los Muertos (motorcycle gang), and a morning talk show host have in common?
Feral hogs. A large population of the swine reside in Sheriff Dan Rhodes jurisdiction of Blacklin County, Texas.
Rhodes finds himself with a murder on his hands, after landing in the middle of a wild hog stampede following a high speed car chase. When a bounty hunter arrives indentifying the deceased as a wanted bank robber, Rhodes teams up with the recovery agent in the search for answers. The two men join a local group of hog hunters and Rhodes is left with fewer clues when another murder occurs.
To keep things complicated, there's a new, opinionated, morning show DJ berating and criticizing the Sheriff's Department, who teams up with a city commissioner in expounding on methods to curb the population of wild animals. Rhodes also comes under fire from a mother and son owned animal shelter.
Following his own advice, ask a lot of questions, the pieces begin to fall into place, but not before he gains a few more bumps and bruises.
I've enjoyed reading this series over the past few months, although I believe there's far too much murder in such a small community, Bill's infused warmth and a dry sense of humor with rich characters and a tenacious Sheriff who always gets his man. Rhodes is a lot more believable than his fictional counterpart. ...more