Ace Atkins

"Mississippi Noir" Editor: Tom Franklin

Aug 9, 2018

“Mississippi Noir”

Editor: Tom Franklin 

Publisher: Akashic Books

Pages: 281

Price: $15.95

In an increasingly difficult publishing environment, Akashic Books has hit upon a system for success, publishing noir collections set in most American states, many American cities and other countries and cities all over the world. Joyce Carol Oates edited “New Jersey Noir.” There is a “Zagreb Noir” and a “Prague Noir.”

Noir is definitely in vogue, but what exactly is it?

“The Sinners”

Author: Ace Atkins  

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 384

Price: $27.00 (Hardcover)

The productivity of some writers is simply hard to believe. Ace Atkins, Auburn graduate and football hero, has published 4 true crime novels and 4 Nick Travers novels. Since taking over from Robert B. Parker there have been 7 new Spensers and now we have “The Sinners,” the eighth Quinn Colson novel.

Colson, 39 years old, arrived back in fictional Tibbehah County, Mississippi, 100 miles south of Memphis, after ten years as an Army Ranger.

“The Redeemers: A Quinn Colson Novel”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 370 pp.

Price: $26.95 (Hardcover)

Ace Atkins is generating a shelf of novels at an astonishing pace. “Redeemers” is his seventeenth.

After graduation from Auburn where he played football, Ace—his real name—worked as a reporter in Florida, mainly crime. He has several standalone crime novels—historically based like “Wicked City,” set in Phenix City, and investigative/biographically based such as “Infamous,” about Fatty Arbuckle .

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“The Broken Places: A Quinn Colson Novel”    

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 358

Price: $26.95 (Cloth)

AND

“Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Price: $26.95

Pages: 306

Ace Atkins, Auburn graduate, has just published simultaneously, his own twelfth novel, “The Broken Places,” set in Mississippi, and his second Robert B. Parker Spenser novel, “Wonderland,” set of course in Boston.        

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“The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 339

Price: $27.50 (Cloth)

Ace Atkins has been working harder than ever, simultaneously writing two detective/action series. He was chosen to write the Spenser novels after the death of Robert B. Parker and in 2011 began the Quinn Colson series with “The Ranger.”

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“Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby: A Spenser Novel”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 310

Price: $26.95

Robert B. Parker was a major detective fiction franchise, having published 49 Spenser novels, 9 Jesse Stone novels, 6 Sunny Randall novels and 14 other miscellaneous books.

His fans were certainly dismayed when Parker died in January of 2010. Would there be no more Parker books? He did not leave piles of completed manuscripts, as Barbara Cartland is said to have done.

No need for concern.

Infamous by Ace Atkins

Apr 19, 2010

When Ace Atkins decided to drop his successful Nick Travers detective series in favor of meticulously researched, historical, stand-alone thrillers, some were dubious. Doubts are dispelled now, however.

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When Ace Atkins decided to drop his successful Nick Travers detective series in favor of meticulously researched, historical, stand-alone thrillers, some were dubious. Doubts are dispelled now, however.

The writing career of James Lee Burke is, in many ways, typical. After a half dozen literary novels that did not sell much, Burke created his South Louisiana detective, Dave Robicheaux, and the Robicheaux books have come in a steady and profitable stream now for many years.

Wicked City

Apr 22, 2008

In Wicked City, he fictionalizes actual events in the Phenix City of 1954, a place so awful, Atkins writes, "no author could ever exaggerate the sin, sleaze, and moral decay of Phenix City, Alabama, in the fifties or the courage of the people who stood up to fight it."

Ace Atkins' career has tacked this way and that over the years, but has never strayed very far from crime, especially murder.

White Shadow

May 1, 2006

Having established his readership, Atkins could have gone on with this series indefinitely, and I am sure his publishers wanted him to, but he has instead written a stand-alone thriller, White Shadow.

Dirty South

Mar 29, 2004

Atkins has just published his fourth Nick Travers suspense/mystery novel. The heart of any such series is the sleuth, of course, and Nick, established in the first novel, Crossroad Blues, is quite a creation.

Dirty South

Here's the first thing you need to know about Ace Atkins: Ace is his real name. It is on his birth certificate.