I’ve accepted the fact that Ace Atkins is basically going to write the same book each time with the Quinn Colson series. Over-their-head gangsters with connections to Tibbehah. People swooping in from Quinn’s past. A bunch of random references to vaginas. Some dirty dealing Mississippi pols and crooks. And overall, mostly fun southern fried crime stories.
I don’t know if I would have gorged on this series so hard had it not been for quarantine. But I’m glad I am. They’re enjoyable. Atkins knows how to write. Even now, as I’m familiar with all the beats he will hit, I still get a kick out of it. I love the characters, the dialogue, the setting. Atkins is great at skewing his home state of Mississippi without condescending it. You get why these people, have hard lives but you also understand that they love where they come from with a fierce passion.
That’s not to say this one doesn’t have faults. I think Caddy is outliving her usefulness as a primary character. The b-plots that revolve around her don’t really land anymore, this one included. Also, Atkins has never had any idea how to write Quinn’s love life in an effective manner. He seems to use a rotating cast of women as filler.
And while I’m not sure how other fans feel, I think it’s kind of an open secret that Lillie Virgil is a more interesting character than Quinn is.
Still, this is another fun entry in a fun series. I’m hoping to get to the rest of them before year’s end.