The Broken Places by Ace Atkins

The Broken Places by Ace Atkins

Genre: Suspense
Series: #3 in the Quinn Colson series
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 331
Source: copy provided by publisher

The Short Version:
Small town Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson isn’t happy that his sister is involved with a possible murderer who just may be the reason some dangerous escaped prisoners are in town.

Why I Read It:
Both The Hubster and I enjoyed the first two books in this Quinn Colson series so this was inevitable.

The Book:
From the publisher:

A year after becoming sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, Quinn Colson is faced with a pardoned killer’s return to Jericho. Jamey Dixon now preaches redemption and forgiveness, but the family of the woman he was convicted of killing isn’t buying it. They warn Quinn that his sister’s relationship with Dixon could be fatal. 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.

Colson and his deputy, Lillie, have their work cut out for them. But they don’t count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as the manhunt heats up. Communications are down, the roads are impassable—and the rule of law is just about to snap.

My Thoughts:
I was surprised to realize it had been over a year since I read the previous book in this series. I need to make sure it’s not nearly that long until I read the fourth book since the fifth book is due out this summer. Besides, I freely admit to having a literary crush on Quinn Colson.

Colson doesn’t trust ex-con turned preacher Jamey Dixon but Quinn’s sister Caddy is in love with him. When a couple of escaped convicts roll into town he’s suspicious that Jamey is hiding something and Caddy is unwilling to believe anything other than what Jamey tells her.

This one had its ups and downs – the first part moved along much slower than the final third but let’s just say a whole lot of stuff happens in that final third.

Quinn Colson is like an old fashioned Western Hero Sheriff in a modern day small Mississippi Town. He’s a bit like Jack Reacher and a bit like Raylan Givens from Justified. Quinn is ex-military like Reacher although slightly less anti-social (but not by much). The series has the snappy dialog and strong sense of place that the show Justified has.

Pretty much it’s everything I like in a series.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5