Saturday, December 8, 2018
The Innocents by Ace Atkins
Things are different for Quinn Colson this time around at home in Jericho, Mississippi. Colson has been in and out of the Army serving as a Ranger for a decade, reupping whenever home causes issues. The last time Quinn was home, he was the Sheriff but he lost in the reelection. He's thinking about going back to Iraq but as a contractor this time. But things are pretty hot at home also and he's got to decide if he'll stay and help out there or go back overseas.
The new sheriff is a woman, Lillie Virgil. She seems to have things under control or at least until Fannie Hathcock moves into town and takes over the local nude bar. She uses a motorcycle gang to serve as enforcement and the whole scene is getting out of control. When a former high school cheerleader is found murdered gruesomely after a short stint at Fannie's place, tempers run high and Lillie finds she needs help and offers Quinn a job as deputy. Together they try to find out what happened that night to the girl and who was behind it.
This is the sixth novel in the Quinn Colson case. Readers will appreciate him; he is a salt of the earth, decent man who takes care of others and does what he can to make his country better, whether its serving in the military or helping out back home. Colson has issues but they don't stop the reader from liking him. The mystery of what happened to the cheerleader is interesting and the bigger crime that is uncovered in the process is surprising. This book is recommended for mystery readers.