The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

Genre: Suspense
Series: #2 in the Quinn Colson series
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 297
Source: purchased

The Short Version:
Small town Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson takes on both a black market baby ring and a Mexican Drug Cartel after stolen weapons.

Why I Read It:
Both The Hubster and I enjoyed the first in this Quinn Colson (The Ranger) enough that there was never any question that we’d continue the series.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Fresh from ten years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. And when the two cases collide, Quinn and his allies are forced to realize that, though they may be home from the war, they are now in the fight of their lives.

My Thoughts:
Let me start by saying that I freely admit that I have a literary crush on Quinn Colson but this is also a series that The Hubster enjoys. I’m always happy to find series that appeal to both of us while not necessarily for the same reasons.

Some of the bad guys from the first book are still around to cause trouble but some of my favorite good guys are also back for more fun and adventure. I really enjoy Quinn’s Deputy Lillie. She’s tough and smart and I like the way she and Quinn read each other.

Along with the primary mysteries there is also a thread in the story that fills in some crucial background information about Quinn and his sister Caddy.

As the various storylines play out the tension builds and the final third of the book was hard to put down. The action is fast and dangerous and just the kind of mixture of action and suspense I enjoy.

Atkins has plunked an old fashioned Western hero sheriff in modern day corrupt small town Mississippi and it works. It works well enough that I won’t be waiting so long to read the third book in the series.

4 stars Rating 4/5