White Shadow

It is as gritty as James Ellroy’s L. A. And yet, the prose is as lyrical as James Lee Burke’s Crusader’s Cross. It packs the emotional wallop of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. Confidential. With white shadow, Atkins has found his true voice. Associated press1955: tampa, cigar factories, Florida is a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, sweet rum, and violence.

This book succeeds both as a first-rate historical novel and as a superb crime story. The death of retired kingpin charlie Wall—the White Shadow—has shocked the city, reporters, sending cops, and associates scrambling to find those responsible. As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, an extraordinary story of revenge, honor, and greed emerges.

For charlie wall had his secrets—secrets that if discovered could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution.

Wicked City: A Thriller

Over the course of the next several months, ” one of them remarks, people die, and unexpected heroes emerge—like “a Randolph Scott western, lives will change, “played out not with horses and Winchesters, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades. Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, rich with atmosphere, both real and fictional, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, filled with sensuality and surprise.

A small group of men meet and decide they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a “noir crime classic”Mystery Ink about one of the most notorious towns in American history.

When crime-fighting attorney albert patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City, Alabama, alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment—and when it starts up again, there is something different about it.

Devil's Garden

The D. A. In desperation, they hope, arbuckle's defense team hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate and, discover the truth. The agent's name is Dashiell Hammett. From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history.

San francisco, september 1921: silent-screen comedy star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is throwing a wild party in his suite at the St. Francis hotel-girls, jazz, bootleg hooch. And a dead actress named Virginia Rappe. And what he discovers will change American legal history—and his own life—forever. William randolph Hearst's newspapers stir up the public and demand a guilty verdict.

Says it was arbuckle who killed her—crushed her under his weight—and brings him up on manslaughter charges.

Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1

Nick travers is back where it all began. Years after the philadelphia inquirer proclaimed Crossroad Blues “an impressive debut by a promising new talent, ” the acclaimed crime novel is back in print. A modern, southern re-invention of the maltese Falcon, Crossroad Blues won noir fans with its nod to the masters and thrilled readers with a wild ride along Highway 61.

Nick searches for the lost recordings of 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson—and a missing colleague—and finds trouble at every turn. The cast of characters includes a red-headed siren, an Elvis-worshipping hitman, Johnson’s ghost, and the Mississippi Delta itself. It’s here that we first meet Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned Tulane University blues historian.

A decade later, Crossroad Blues still sings. Critical praise“in atkins’ hands, the characters are as substantial as a down home breakfast of biscuits and ham with red-eye gravy. Entertainment weekly“when Atkins old guys open up, you can really hear the music everybody talks about so reverently. The new york times"atkins' research into blues history adds depth and context to the always entertaining story, which whizzes by like an old, familiar song heard on the car radio late at night.

The chicago tribuneThis edition includes an Afterword by Greil Marcus.

Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4

When a killer hits too close, and his wife, nick takes ALIAS with him to the Mississippi Delta for the protection and guidance of Nick's mentor, blues legend JoJo Jackson, Loretta. Soon nick, and another old-school delta tough guy do battle in the Dirty South rap world where money, JoJo, sex, and murder threaten to take down Paris's empire and destroy ALIAS.

As much as anyone else writing, he escapes the sentimentality that bedevils hard-boiled fiction. Salon. When music mogul teddy paris, visits nick travers and asks him to help find $700, a former teammate from the New Orleans Saints, 000 taken from a rap prodigy, Nick can't turn down his friend. He sets out with fifteen-year-old rap star, ALIAS, seeking a team of grifters that conned the kid.

As cultures clash, the story winds its way through the infamous Calliope housing projects, the newly built mansions of New Orleans's lakefront, and ultimately to the brackish muck of the Bayou Savage. Critical praise“as welcome as a cold beer on a hot Jazz Fest afternoon. Washington post“Reads like a blues song brought to life.

Chicago sun-times“as a writer, atkins knows how to walk fine lines with perfect balance; his books are compassionate, hard and richly atmospheric in a way that never overshadows narrative. The missing money will pay a bounty on Paris's head that was set by a crosstown rival, a street-hard thug named Cash.

Nick soon finds himself lost in the world of Gucci-lined Bentleys and endless bottles of Cristal champagne.

Dark End of the Street Nick Travers Book 3

But when james's wife and close friend were murdered, his life was shattered. Travers's search for the singer soon leads him to the casinos in Tunica, Mississippi, and converges with the agenda of the Dixie Mafia, a zealot gubernatorial candidate linked to a neo-Confederacy movement, and an obsessed killer who thinks he has a true spiritual link to the late Elvis Presley.

With a precise eye for detail, atkins takes nick travers on a journey into the hidden pockets of New Orleans, the battered roadhouses and truck stops of Mississippi, and the streets of Memphis that only an insider could know. The plan is simple. Atkins is an astute observer of life as well as a singular voice in fiction.

Usa today. He turned to the streets, decades ago, where, he disappeared. But as travers knows, these simple jobs seldom turn out smoothly. His friend's brother is clyde james, who, in 1968, was one of the finest soul singers Memphis had to offer. All nick travers, a former professional football player turned professor, has to do is drive up Highway 61 from New Orleans to Memphis and track down the lost brother of one of his best friends.

Welcome to ace atkins's new South, where you won't find a single southern belle or dripping magnolia. Critical praise“when all is said and done, Dark End sheds light on the underbelly of politics, racism and the junking of American culture.

Leavin' Trunk Blues Nick Travers Book 2

She's been locked in a prison cell ever since. Now, a flickering hope emerges for Walker in the form of letters from a Tulane University blues historian named Nick Travers. She agrees to an interview only in exchange for him checking out what she calls the truth behind Lyons's last hours. Travers soon learns there are those who still want the details of Lyons's death to remain hidden in the rubble of the blighted neighborhoods.

First published in print in 2000, this second book in the Nick Travers series remains a classic. Atkins makes the unseen parts of New Orleans and Chicago really come alive. If the streets of chicago's south Side could talk, they would probably speak in the cracked voices of the bluesmen who shuffle through this soulful mystery.

The new york times book reviewin the 1950s, Ruby Walker boarded the Illinois Central from Mississippi to the Promised Land – Chicago. A major player in the mystery genre. ". She became one of the greatest blues singers the city has ever known, only to lose everything when she was convicted of murdering her lover and producer, Billy Lyons, in 1959.



He would live to regret it. From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a fast, funny, violent noir novel based on the crimes of George “Machine Gun” Kelly. In july 1933, a gangster staged the kidnapping-for-ransom of an Oklahoma oilman. What started clean soon turns messy as two of “machine gun” Kelly's partners cut themselves into the action, a determined former Texas Ranger makes tracking Kelly his mission, ever alert to her own self-interest, and his wife, starts playing both sides.

. Set in the first days of the modern fbi, some of the most colorful supporting characters in recent crime fiction, Infamous is a passionate blend of historical novel and crime story featuring an unexpected hero, and unforgettable femme fatale Kathryn Kelly—the Lady Macbeth of Depression-era crime.

The Fallen A Quinn Colson Novel Book 7

It’s the allies and the luck that are in woefully short supply. From new york times bestselling author ace Atkins comes a rollicking crime novel of brazen thieves, good ole boy politicians, truck stop women—and one decent man crazy enough to fight them all. If colson stands any chance of catching them, he’s going to need the help of old allies, new enemies, and a lot of luck.

The bank robbers wreaking havoc across the south are carrying out their heists with such skill and precision that they remind Tibbehah County Sheriff Quinn Colson of the raids he once led as an Army Ranger. The enemies, he has plenty of. In fact, their techniques are so like the ones in the Ranger Handbook that he can’t help wondering if the outlaws are former Rangers themselves.

And that’s definitely going to be a problem.

The Innocents A Quinn Colson Novel Book 6

Both officers have fought corruption in Tibbehah County before, but the case they must confront now is nothing like they've ever seen. When a former high school cheerleader is found walking a back road completely engulfed in flames, everyone in Jericho wants answers for the senseless act of violence. As quinn and lillie uncover old secrets and new lies, the entire town turns against them, and they soon learn that the most dangerous enemies may be the ones you trust most.

Quinn knows he doesn't owe his hometown a damn thing, but he can't resist the pull of becoming a lawman again and accepts a badge from his former colleague,  foul-mouthed acting Sheriff Lillie Virgil. After being voted out of office and returning to the war zone he’d left behind, Quinn Colson is back in Jericho,  trying to fix things with his still-married high school girlfriend and retired Hollywood stuntman father.

Quinn colson returns to jericho, and gets pulled back into a world of greed and violence in this gritty, Mississippi, darkly comic tale from New York Times bestselling Southern crime master Ace Atkins.

The Shameless A Quinn Colson Novel Book 9

Now two new york-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon?Quinn wants to help. This time, evil may win out. Truck stop madam fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show.

Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U. S. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. But quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he's got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor.

. Army ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that's had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, stolen goods, trafficking drugs, and young women through the MidSouth. Buried secrets, dirty lies, and unbridled greed and ambition raise the stakes down South in the lauded crime series from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins.

Twenty years ago, brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon. And then there's senator jimmy vardaman, who's cut out the old political establishment riding the Syndicate's money and power--plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance--straight to the governor's office.

Tibbehah will be lawless.