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The Redeemers (A Quinn Colson Novel)

by Ace Atkins

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This series has come to an end for me. When it first started it was outstanding, Quinn Colson returns from the Middle East to his dysfunctional family in a small town in Mississippi and ends up being the chief of police. There was the town bad guy/king pin Johnny Stagg, deputy Lillie Virgil, and Colson fighting over who will control the town.
Jump ahead to the 5th book. And these characters have become one dimensional. Quinn's family especially his sister is a train wreck, but it is a wreck I don't care about.
The only thing that kept this story going for me was the additional criminals responsible for the basis of this book, they were crazy, inept, trash rednecks, behaving stupidly.
I don't know if the author Ace Atkins is spread too thin with the other writing projects he has or if he has also become tired of this series, though there is already a book 6- damn those series book deals- but I seriously doubt I will read the 6th book. My guess is Quinn is back as chief and a new set of criminals are raising a ruckus. ( )
  zmagic69 | Oct 4, 2016 |
Ace Atkins is one hell of a writer. He can write books in his own voice and in the voice of Robert B. Parker, when he writes the Spenser books. The Redeemers was good from start to finish with a couple of new memorable characters that were top notch and really made the story for me. ( )
  bjkelley | Aug 13, 2016 |
The wife and I recently had a discussion about the term "reading for pleasure". Some may argue that this book would qualify. I can unequivocally say that they would be wrong. This book was as painful as a James Paterson novel. Basically a story of Graft set in small town Mississippi. It comes complete with all the prerequisite colorful southern characters unfortunately they act with no rhyme or reason other then to advance the plot. A plot that is not helped by a ton of wooden dialog. Previous entries in the this series have been enjoyable, but this one was just painful. ( )
1 vote norinrad10 | Jul 18, 2016 |
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins is the fifth book in The Ranger series. The series fol­lows Quinn Col­son, an Army Ranger who came back to his home in Mis­sis­sippi and got voted in as Sheriff.

Quinn Col­son has lost the re-election for Sher­iff to Rusty Wise, a local insur­ance sales­man. At the time, a local businessman’s home has been robbed and the safe where he sup­pos­edly keeps a lot of cash in has been lit­er­ally ripped out and stolen.

The safe, how­ever, con­tained much more than cash. The busi­ness­man kept ledgers of every dirt trans­ac­tion he ever did with the town’s bosses and lowlifes which could bring them all down.

The Redeemers by Ace Atkins is another great install­ment in The Ranger series, and prob­a­bly the fun­ni­est one. Mr. Atkins cer­tainly knows how to write char­ac­ters and whether they are like­able or not, they are inter­est­ing. Quinn’s girl­friend, Anna-Lee, who, it seems, is only liked by Quinn, is still favored by him even though she is not very appeal­ing to the reader.

But in true fash­ion, Mr. Col­son doesn’t care.

The book is full of action and ten­sion, the recur­ring char­ac­ters are grow­ing and become more com­plex. The vil­lains are hilar­i­ous, a bunch of bum­bling idiots who are just a vehi­cle to move the larger story for­ward. The new Sher­iff reminded me of Andy Grif­fin being trans­ported from May­berry to Jeri­cho, with all the com­edy that ensues when life hits him in the face.

While this is a stand­alone book, I still highly rec­om­mend read­ing at least the first book in the series. The book is still enjoy­able and Mr. Atkins does a great job, as always, recap­ping the piv­otal plot points of the nov­els through­out the book.

For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com ( )
  ZoharLaor | Jun 15, 2016 |
Some books just call to you, and you can't wait to turn the page. While this is a very good story, it's not a page turner. I, did however, find the characters genuinely interesting and the storylines worth exploring! This book really has it all... corruption, sex, blood, death, and even some humor! Roll Tide!!! ( )
  bearlyr | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399173943, Hardcover)

"One of the best crime writers at work today."—Michael Connelly

The electrifying new novel in New York Times–bestselling author Ace Atkins’s acclaimed series about the real Deep South.

 
He is only in his early thirties, but now Quinn Colson is jobless—voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, in bigger and better places, but before he goes, he’s got one more job to do—bring down Stagg’s criminal operations for good.

At least that’s the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy—but not that wealthy. None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money—it held secrets.

Secrets that could either save Colson—or destroy him once and for all.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:48 -0400)

"The ... new novel in [the author's] series about the real Deep South. He is only in his early thirties, but now Quinn Colson is jobless-- voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, in bigger and better places, but before he goes, he's got one more job to do--bring down Stagg's criminal operations for good. At least that's the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy--but not that wealthy. None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money-- it held secrets. Secrets that could either save Colson-- or destroy him once and for all"--… (more)

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