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Wicked City

A Thriller

Ace Atkins


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Digital Audiobook (4/9/2008)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a “noir crime classic”(Mystery Ink) about one of the most notorious towns in American history.
When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City, Alabama, alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment—and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, people die, and unexpected heroes emerge—like “a Randolph Scott western,” one of them remarks, “played out not with horses and Winchesters, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades.”

Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, rich with atmosphere, filled with sensuality and surprise.

Praise For Wicked City: A Thriller

Praise for Wicked City

“Atkins is a proud torch-bearer of a literary tradition that includes William Faulkner—but there's nothing derivative about this novel, only emergence of a great new voice in American fiction.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Gritty, well-plotted, fascinating...Atkins' unflinching storytelling echoes the best of James Ellroy and James Crunley.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“A hot read that's got adroit reportage in the right places—and juicy pulp in the better places.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Wicked City
is Ace Atkins' best novel.”—The Washington Post

G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780425227077, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2009

About the Author

Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which—The Ranger and The Lost Ones—were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story, “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”). In addition, he is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.