A Review…The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

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This author and I have much in common; we both have a collection of original paperbacks by John McDonald (Travis McGee) and we both love Robert Parker (Spenser). Where we differ is Ace has achieved perfection in prose writing which I aspire to….someday.

I strongly recommend to my readers that if you are going to read stories about Ace’s main character, Quinn Colson, that you do so in order.  There is a strong story thread throughout the series and you will enjoy these books so much more.

The Forsaken doesn’t disappoint. It’s my favorite to date.  As in his other books Ace gives his readers a strong sense of the old south, Mississippi to be exact.  How do I know this?  I lived there for four years in the 70’s and since then have moved in and out of the south;  New Orleans and currently Savannah, Georgia.  Without it ever seeming like a travel log, before you are many pages into the book, you can smell the dust of the back roads, the earthy slightly rotten smell of the bayous sticks in the back of your throat.  You may have never met the ‘good old boys’ but you know them and the women who follow along.  The dark nights and the darker motives.   But most of all; the corruption.  When I lived in ole Miss, the job of Sheriff of the county I lived in meant an income of at least a million a year.  Not paid from the state’s coffers, certainly!

Atkins’ story is based on a true story from the cold case archives. ‘ 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.’  The bevy of fascinating characters; someACE (2) returned from previous books (thank goodness) are woven in and out as Ace writes the perfect mystery.  And a surprise ending that even I, an avid fan, would never have guessed.

I highly recommend Atkins’ newest book and be certain to check out my INTERVIEW with Ace that was featured earlier.



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