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The extraordinary new novel in the New York Times best-selling author's acclaimed series about the real Deep South - "a joy ride into the heart of darkness" (The Washington Post).

She was just 17, a high school dropout named Milly Jones, found walking down the middle of the highway, engulfed in flames. Even in a tough Mississippi county like Tibbehah, it shatters the community, and it is up to Sheriff Quinn Colson, back on the job after a year away, and his deputy, Lillie Virgil, to investigate what happened and why. Before long, however, accusations start to fly, national media and federal authorities descend, and what seemed like a senseless act of violence begins to appear like something even more disturbing - with more victims waiting in the shadows.

©2016 Ace Atkins (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Donna B
  • 14-08-2016

I enjoyed it..but....

I have listened to two books set in Mississippi lately. The exaggerated accents can be annoying, although not as much in this one as the last. I just wish the performers would learn to pronounce the names of the the towns. Biloxi in the last one, Natchez in this one.
The story was good, but predictable. Obviously ties in some current events, including what happens to the girl, as well as politics.

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  • Cynthea Corlett
  • 20-07-2016

Just Gets Better

I have always liked the Quinn Colson series, and find myself enjoying each new book a little more. The characters are really starting to flesh out and develop individuality. I have never, physically been to Mississippi, but I sure feel like I know Tibbehah County. I think Ace Atkins is ready to give Elmore Leonard and Raylan Givens a run for their money!

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  • Phil
  • 17-07-2016

Just Gets Better

I enjoy this series very much and each book is better than the one before. I live in the heart of the book's setting and Ace Atkins portrays the area with more authentic characters than most writers dealing with the South. Unfortunately, he does have a tendency to fall back on some too used stereotypes, such as the snake oil preacher and the weak minded mayor. However, these lapes are few and don't detract from the plot. Quinn continues to be a great lawman, making terrible romantic decisions. Would have liked to have seen more of Callie and Ms. Jean in this story, maybe next time.

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  • Different As Myself
  • 30-11-2020

Great Series

I have enjoyed each book in this series. It’s good versus bad with a little more added in. I hope someone will make a TV series out of them

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 23-09-2019

Quinn

so far this series hasn't disappointed, I would like it if Lillie could become Sheriff for real though. But I don't see that happening. this is the first book to change the narrator, MacLeod Andrew's did a great job. I was worried because I got used to someone else as these characters, and it's funny how just different flexes in a voice can change your perspective on a character. Lilie is the biggest change, she seems more sound, and confident. I like the way MacLeod narrates her.

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  • HaloLove
  • 15-07-2017

BRAVO MacLeod Andrews!!!

The best decision anyone made for this story was hiring MacLeod Andrews as the narrator because let's face it, the man is a GENIUS when it comes to performing! And you get a d@mn good performance. One that not only brings life to these flawed and dynamic characters but to the very plot of this story about trust being broken and sacrificed for selfishness.

The overall story was interesting but MacLeod Andrews went above and beyond the call of duty with his performance that held me completely captivated with dark and sad tale.

I'm looking forward to the next story in this series and as long as MacLeod Andrews is the narrator I'm sold.

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  • Cindy Walker
  • 31-10-2016

Weak, disappointed in Ace.

Looks like Ace has fallen into the John Gresham trap of having to produce something for the publishers

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  • ES
  • 20-08-2016

ho hum

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Atkins is an excellent writer but this story is just not very interesting or entertaining.

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