The Sinners

The Sinners

Book - 2018
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"The Pritchards had never been worth a damn--an evil, greedy family who made their living dealing drugs and committing mayhem. Years ago, Colson's late uncle had put the clan's patriarch in prison, but now he's getting out, with revenge, power, and family business on his mind. To make matters worse, a shady trucking firm with possible ties to the Gulf Coast syndicate has moved into Tibbehah, and they have their own methods of intimidation. With his longtime deputy Lillie Virgil now working up in Memphis, Quinn Colson finds himself having to fall back on some brand-new deputies to help him out, but with Old West-style violence breaking out, and his own wedding on the horizon, this is without a doubt Colson's most trying time as sheriff. Cracks are opening up all over the county, and shadowy figures are crawling out through them--and they're all heading directly for him" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399576744
0399576746
Characteristics: 365 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

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NedSu
Nov 13, 2018

This is a fun series to read. Colson moves through his life with the steadfast loyalty missing in most of the inhabitants of this small county in Mississippi. The novels center around him, but the ancillary characters that come and go have their own charms.

Atkins excels in the deep south colloquialisms that are mostly profane. My only experience with the deep South goes back 50 years ago, when I was in the Army, but that was the way the good ol' boys really expressed them. There is racism and sexism, senseless and casual violence, and even skullduggery. It's a great read, especially if you know the characters from previous novels.

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USAF1969
Aug 03, 2018

Ace Atkins THE SINNERS is the 8th in the series featuring Quinn Colson. Like the other seven, this features a "get it done" sheriff (and military veteran) who takes being sworn to uphold the law very seriously, while walking the ever-present fine line between also being sworn to act within the law, while the bad-guys keep acting way, way outside the boundaries of civilized behavior. This is a good crime story set in a rural southern county and deals with relevant, modern issue such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and corruption in local and state government and law enforcement. I love the character development and multiple plots and themes running through this novel. SPOILER ALERT - we learn quickly in the book that Quinn is about to get married. The wedding ceremony is starting as the book ends. But just before that, a conversation elsewhere in the county sets the stage for the next book in the series. Which is just fine with me, because I love this series!

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maucarden
Aug 03, 2018

When my husband and I would sit around with our friends recalling stories about Mississippi criminals, we would always preface them with “You just can’t make this stuff up.” Well I hope to God that Ace Atkins made up most of his stories in the wonderful The Sinners. Even in North Mississippi I don’t think most of the wide variety of thugs and redneck criminals in the Quin Colson series could exist outside of Mr. Atkins’ fertile mind.
The major conundrums in Mr. Atkins’ books is which set of sinners is the worst? The woman who answers to the Dixie Mafia, but often sets her own agenda; the trashy pot growers who live to race; their out of control uncle just fresh out of Parchman Penitentiary; the bikers just rebuilding their club; the Memphis crime boss; or the crooked politicians who are also controlled by the Dixie Mafia?
To balance the criminals, Mr. Atkins doesn’t forget that the majority of people in North Mississippi are warm, lovely people; many with ties to the land going back generations.
In the outstanding The Sinners Sheriff Quin Colson of Tibbehah County is about to get married; one of his closest friends and former deputies, Lillie Virgil, has moved to Memphis and become a U.S. Marshal; his other very close friend, Boom Kimbrough, has gone back to trucking with near disastrous results. Colson also has a gruesome murder to investigate. .
Add to this mix the Dixie Mafia attempting to control just about everything in north Mississippi. Well, they soon enough find out they can’t control Miss Fannie Hathcock, owner of Vienna, a gentleman’s club. Fannie and everyone else also find out ain’t nobody can control Heath Pritchard, newly released from Parchman and determined to take control of his numbskull nephews and their incredible pot growing operation.
The Dixie Mafia, which is actually an existing loose confederation of southern criminals, has their nasty tentacles into drugs, stolen goods ad human trafficking. They make several mistakes in Tibbehah county, but they aren’t the sort to forgive and forget which gives us the set-up for the next book.
Not every plot line revolves around Colson-or at least not yet, nor does he take center stage; but the former U.S. Army Ranger is the heart of Tibbehah County as he does his best to protect its citizens.
The Sinners is action packed with richly drawn characters. Reading this book is like riding shot-gun with a Pritchard boy during one of his races. The language is rough as usual, but the writing is still as smooth as a soft-serve ice cream cone.
Atkins, is a phenomenal story teller in the rich southern way-you must be born to it. Born to it, but still able to make use of his birthright. He will no doubt be doing readings in bookstores; he should instead be sitting on a front porch with bourbon or beer, a hound or two and a bunch of people. Maybe he should be doing a reading around the fire after a day at deer camp. Best of all he should be doing a reading at a catfish fry thrown by a North Mississippi sheriff.
I would give The Sinners the proverbial sixth star for the mention of MBN and the shout out to The Roosevelt Hotel and Sazeracs. I will drink a well made Sazerac on release day. PS I too had a catfish fry for my rehearsal dinner.

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