He would live to regret it. In july 1933, a gangster staged the kidnapping-for-ransom of an Oklahoma oilman. From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a fast, funny, violent noir novel based on the crimes of George “Machine Gun” Kelly.
Devil's GardenG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - In desperation, they hope, arbuckle's defense team hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate and, discover the truth. William randolph Hearst's newspapers stir up the public and demand a guilty verdict. The D. A. The agent's name is Dashiell Hammett. And what he discovers will change American legal history—and his own life—forever.
Francis hotel-girls, jazz, bootleg hooch. And a dead actress named Virginia Rappe. Says it was arbuckle who killed her—crushed her under his weight—and brings him up on manslaughter charges. From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history.
Devil's Garden #ad - San francisco, september 1921: silent-screen comedy star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is throwing a wild party in his suite at the St.
Wicked City: A ThrillerG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Over the course of the next several months, and unexpected heroes emerge—like “a Randolph Scott western, lives will change, ” one of them remarks, “played out not with horses and Winchesters, people die, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades. Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional, rich with atmosphere, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, filled with sensuality and surprise.
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. 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.
Wicked City: A Thriller #ad - When crime-fighting attorney albert patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment—and when it starts up again, Alabama, alley in the spring of 1954, there is something different about it.
White ShadowG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, honor, an extraordinary story of revenge, and greed emerges. And yet, the prose is as lyrical as James Lee Burke’s Crusader’s Cross. With white shadow, Atkins has found his true voice.
Associated press1955: tampa, sweet rum, Florida is a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, cigar factories, and violence. Confidential. The death of retired kingpin charlie Wall—the White Shadow—has shocked the city, reporters, sending cops, and associates scrambling to find those responsible.
White Shadow #ad - For charlie wall had his secrets—secrets that if discovered could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution. This book succeeds both as a first-rate historical novel and as a superb crime story. It is as gritty as James Ellroy’s L. A. It packs the emotional wallop of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River.
The Shameless A Quinn Colson Novel Book 9G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - But quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he's got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. Buried secrets, dirty lies, and unbridled greed and ambition raise the stakes down South in the lauded crime series from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins. Twenty years ago, brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon.
What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon?Quinn wants to help. Now two new york-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor. Army ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And then there's senator jimmy vardaman, who's cut out the old political establishment riding the Syndicate's money and power--plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance--straight to the governor's office. Truck stop madam fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show.
The Shameless A Quinn Colson Novel Book 9 #ad - That's what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. This time, evil may win out. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that's had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, trafficking drugs, stolen goods, and young women through the MidSouth.
Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.
The Revelators A Quinn Colson Novel Book 10G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - This is the battle of Jericho, the epic showdown that's been years in the making. Vardaman sits at the top of the state's power structure--both legal and criminal--and little does he know, Quinn is still alive. As an ice storm bears down on north Mississippi and Memphis, and Tibbehah County is isolated from the outside world, the killers will return to finish the job.
But this time, quinn colson and company will be waiting, ready to bust apart a criminal empire running on a rigged system for far too long. And coming for him. In this gripping new crime novel from the New York Times-bestselling author, Quinn Colson is about to find out whether his quest for justice can coexist with his loyalty to the law.
The Revelators A Quinn Colson Novel Book 10 #ad - . Shot up and left for dead, Sheriff Quinn Colson has revenge on his mind. But someone is standing in his way: an interim sheriff, appointed by the newly elected Governor Vardaman, the man who Quinn knows ordered his murder. Eventually, the war will end--for better or worse. With the help of his new wife maggie, rehabilitation, and sheer force of will, he's walking again, eager to resume his work as a southern lawman and track down those responsible for his attempted murder.
Since quinn's been gone, the criminal element in north Mississippi has flourished, with queenpin Fannie Hathcock enjoying unbridled freedom. Marshal lillie virgil, and Donnie Varner, a childhood buddy now working for the Feds as an informant.
Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1Carrefour, Ltd. #ad - A decade later, Crossroad Blues still sings. Critical praise“in atkins’ hands, the characters are as substantial as a down home breakfast of biscuits and ham with red-eye gravy. Entertainment weekly“when Atkins old guys open up, you can really hear the music everybody talks about so reverently. The new york times"atkins' research into blues history adds depth and context to the always entertaining story, which whizzes by like an old, familiar song heard on the car radio late at night.
The chicago tribuneThis edition includes an Afterword by Greil Marcus. Nick searches for the lost recordings of 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson—and a missing colleague—and finds trouble at every turn. The cast of characters includes a red-headed siren, an Elvis-worshipping hitman, Johnson’s ghost, and the Mississippi Delta itself.
Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1 #ad - It’s here that we first meet Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned Tulane University blues historian. Nick travers is back where it all began. Years after the philadelphia inquirer proclaimed Crossroad Blues “an impressive debut by a promising new talent, ” the acclaimed crime novel is back in print.
A modern, southern re-invention of the maltese Falcon, Crossroad Blues won noir fans with its nod to the masters and thrilled readers with a wild ride along Highway 61.
The Broken Places A Quinn Colson Novel Book 3G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Colson and his deputy, Lillie, have their work cut out for them. A year after becoming sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Quinn Colson is faced with a pardoned killer’s return to Jericho. They warn quinn that his sister’s relationship with Dixon could be fatal. Jamey dixon now preaches redemption and forgiveness, but the family of the woman he was convicted of killing isn’t buying it.
Communications are down, the roads are impassable—and the rule of law is just about to snap. In the third gripping crime novel in ace Atkins’s New York Times bestselling series, small town sheriff Quinn Colson takes on deadly criminals and even deadlier weather. But they don’t count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as the manhunt heats up.
The Broken Places A Quinn Colson Novel Book 3 #ad - Others don’t think the new preacher is a changed man, either—a couple of dangerous convicts who confided in Dixon about an armored car robbery believe he’s after the money they hid. So they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.
The Forsaken A Quinn Colson Novel Book 4G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail—or even come out of it alive. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose—and they can play dirty themselves. Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching.
Less than two days later, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, he was accused of rape and murder, and lynched. Mississippi sheriff quinn colson attempts to root out small town corruption in this gritty crime thriller in Ace Atkins’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling series. 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.
The Forsaken A Quinn Colson Novel Book 4 #ad - Soon colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick.
Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4Carrefour, Ltd. #ad - He sets out with fifteen-year-old rap star, ALIAS, seeking a team of grifters that conned the kid. When a killer hits too close, nick takes alias with him to the Mississippi Delta for the protection and guidance of Nick's mentor, and his wife, blues legend JoJo Jackson, Loretta. Soon nick, jojo, sex, and another old-school delta tough guy do battle in the Dirty South rap world where money, and murder threaten to take down Paris's empire and destroy ALIAS.
When music mogul teddy paris, 000 taken from a rap prodigy, visits Nick Travers and asks him to help find $700, a former teammate from the New Orleans Saints, Nick can't turn down his friend. Critical praise“as welcome as a cold beer on a hot Jazz Fest afternoon. Washington post“Reads like a blues song brought to life.
Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4 #ad - Chicago sun-times“as a writer, atkins knows how to walk fine lines with perfect balance; his books are compassionate, hard and richly atmospheric in a way that never overshadows narrative. As much as anyone else writing, he escapes the sentimentality that bedevils hard-boiled fiction. Salon. The missing money will pay a bounty on Paris's head that was set by a crosstown rival, a street-hard thug named Cash.
Nick soon finds himself lost in the world of Gucci-lined Bentleys and endless bottles of Cristal champagne. As cultures clash, the newly built mansions of New Orleans's lakefront, the story winds its way through the infamous Calliope housing projects, and ultimately to the brackish muck of the Bayou Savage.
Dark End of the Street Nick Travers Book 3Carrefour Ltd. #ad - But as travers knows, these simple jobs seldom turn out smoothly. His friend's brother is clyde james, in 1968, who, was one of the finest soul singers Memphis had to offer. With a precise eye for detail, atkins takes nick travers on a journey into the hidden pockets of New Orleans, the battered roadhouses and truck stops of Mississippi, and the streets of Memphis that only an insider could know.
The plan is simple. Welcome to ace atkins's new South, where you won't find a single southern belle or dripping magnolia. He turned to the streets, decades ago, where, he disappeared. Atkins is an astute observer of life as well as a singular voice in fiction. Usa today. Travers's search for the singer soon leads him to the casinos in Tunica, a zealot gubernatorial candidate linked to a neo-Confederacy movement, Mississippi, and converges with the agenda of the Dixie Mafia, and an obsessed killer who thinks he has a true spiritual link to the late Elvis Presley.
Dark End of the Street Nick Travers Book 3 #ad - But when james's wife and close friend were murdered, his life was shattered. Critical praise“when all is said and done, Dark End sheds light on the underbelly of politics, racism and the junking of American culture. All nick travers, a former professional football player turned professor, has to do is drive up Highway 61 from New Orleans to Memphis and track down the lost brother of one of his best friends.