Publication Date: May 2012
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Atkins can write rings around most of the names in the crime field. Elmore Leonard Atkins has solidified his place alongside Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos as one of our most important crime writers. Associated Press Every year, Ace Atkins's novels win extraordinary critical acclaim, awards, inclusion on year s-best lists. But he has never written anything like The Ranger: the first of a remarkable new series about a real hero, and the real Deep South. Northeast Mississippi, hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home but not the home he left when he went to Afghanistan. Now an Army Ranger, he returns to find a place overrun by corruption, and his uncle, the county sheriff, dead a suicide, he's told, but others whisper murder. In the days that follow, it will be up to Colson to discover the truth, not only about his uncle, but about his family, his friends, his town, and not least of all, himself. And once it is discovered, there is no turning back. South Louisiana has Dave Robicheaux. Minnesota has Lucas Davenport. Los Angeles has Harry Bosch and Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Florida has Doc Ford. Now rural Mississippi has a magnetic young hero all its own, and his ongoing adventures in a world of violence and honor. With prose, characters, and atmosphere so rich they leap off the page, The Ranger proves why Michael Connelly calls Atkins one of the best crime writers at work today.
About the AuthorAce Atkins, a former journalist, has written eight previous novels. He began his writing career in 1998, at age twenty-eight, when the first of four Nick Travers novels was published. In 2001, he earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his investigation into a 1950s murder. That murder inspired his 2006 novel White Shadow, which was followed by three further history-based crime novels, Wicked City, Devil s Garden, and Infamous. Atkins lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
JEFF WOODMAN originated the title role in Tennessee Williams' "The Notebook of Trigorin" and won the san Francisco Critics' circle Award for his performance in "an Ideal Husband" In addition to numerous Off-Broadway credits, his TV appearances include "Law & Order, Sex and the City", and "Cosby". His more than 200 audiobook narrations has earned him numerous awards, including a "People" magazine "Annual Top Five" citation and a spot in "AudioFile" magazine's "Top Fifty Voices of the Century."