The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
Genre: Mystery/ Suspense
Series: #4 in the Quinn Colson series
Publication Date: 2014
The Short Version:
Small town Sheriff Quinn Colson investigates a crime from over thirty years ago that may have ties to his own father.
Why I Read It:
I have been a fan of this series since the first book. I can’t stop now.
From the publisher:
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. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched.
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. 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.
Soon Colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail—or even come out of it alive.
This one was slow to draw me in. It picks up with references to events in the previous book in the series and initially feels like more of a continuation of that story than a new one.
But when Diane Tull starts talking to Sheriff Quinn Colson about what happened on that 4th of July so long ago it soon becomes clear that a lot of people in town have been keeping secrets for a long time. It’s also clear that some of those people are related to Quinn.
The story shifts back and forth between current events in the small town of Jericho, Mississippi and the events of 1977 as seen through the eyes of Quinn’s father Jason.
I enjoy this series a lot and so does The Hubster. Atkins laconic protagonist is the right amount of tough and sexy. The latest entry in the series has recently been released so I don’t have to wait long to find out what happens next.