Review: The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

Title: The Lost Ones {Quinn Colson #2}

Author: Ace Atkins

Published: Corsair: Allen & Unwin December 2013

Status: Read from December 03 to 05, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

The Lost Ones is the second novel in Ace Atkins new series featuring former Army Ranger Quinn Colson, now Sheriff of Tebbehah County in rural northeast Mississippi.

A contemporary western might be an apt description of this novel, with the Sheriff, Colson, trying to maintain law and order in an insular southern town run by redneck good ole boys. It begins with Colson, along with his deputy Lillie, investigating a horrific case of child abuse that then reveals a baby trafficking scheme run by two locals. The suspects have gone on the run with the infants but Colson is determined to track them down despite being distracted by a gorgeous ATF agent informing him that someone in his town, someone Colson knows well, is suspected of supplying military grade weapons to a Mexican cartel.

Inevitably, the two cases collide and Colson is caught in a pitched gun battle to save the children. There isn’t any real mystery here, the guilty are identified at the outset, but finding the culprits isn’t easy and there is time pressure involved as both groups are readying for a run to the Mexican border.

On a personal front, Quinn’s life is complicated by the return of his newly sober sister who is determined to make him relive the past he would would rather forget, his attraction to his now married and pregnant high school sweetheart, Anna-Lee and his friend’s struggle with readjusting to civilian life after the loss of his arm.

Though sometimes reinforcing stereotypes, I can’t help but picture Johnny Stagg, for example, as a ‘Boss’ Hogg (from the Dukes of Hazzard) look alike, the characters of The Lost Ones are often more complicated than they appear. Few are entirely all bad, or all good, gun running Donnie is just interested in making a quick buck and Mara is as much a victim of her mother as are the children Janet sells.

The dialogue is genuine, the humour quick and there is enough action to keep things interesting. The rural setting is well drawn and the details authentic.

The Lost Ones is an enjoyable crime thriller, and though I didn’t find it especially compelling I would happily read the next book in the series already released in the US, The Broken Places.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lindsey
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 05:47:43

    Sometimes it’s difficult to write reviews of books that were just fine. Kudos for doing a great job with this one!

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