He turned to the streets, decades ago, where, he disappeared. Atkins is an astute observer of life as well as a singular voice in fiction. Usa today. Travers's search for the singer soon leads him to the casinos in Tunica, Mississippi, a zealot gubernatorial candidate linked to a neo-Confederacy movement, and converges with the agenda of the Dixie Mafia, and an obsessed killer who thinks he has a true spiritual link to the late Elvis Presley.
Dark End of the Street Nick Travers Book 3 #ad - But as travers knows, these simple jobs seldom turn out smoothly. His friend's brother is clyde james, in 1968, who, was one of the finest soul singers Memphis had to offer. But when james's wife and close friend were murdered, his life was shattered. 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.
Leavin' Trunk Blues Nick Travers Book 2Carrefour Ltd. #ad - 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. 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.
A major player in the mystery genre. ". 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.
Leavin' Trunk Blues Nick Travers Book 2 #ad - Atkins makes the unseen parts of New Orleans and Chicago really come alive. 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.
Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4Carrefour, Ltd. #ad - 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. As much as anyone else writing, he escapes the sentimentality that bedevils hard-boiled fiction.
Salon. As cultures clash, the newly built mansions of New Orleans's lakefront, the story winds its way through the infamous Calliope housing projects, and ultimately to the brackish muck of the Bayou Savage. He sets out with fifteen-year-old rap star, ALIAS, seeking a team of grifters that conned the kid.
Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4 #ad - 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.
When music mogul teddy paris, visits nick travers and asks him to help find $700, 000 taken from a rap prodigy, a former teammate from the New Orleans Saints, Nick can't turn down his friend. When a killer hits too close, blues legend jojo jackson, Nick takes ALIAS with him to the Mississippi Delta for the protection and guidance of Nick's mentor, and his wife, Loretta.
Soon nick, jojo, and another old-school delta tough guy do battle in the Dirty South rap world where money, sex, and murder threaten to take down Paris's empire and destroy ALIAS.
Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1Carrefour, Ltd. #ad - It’s here that we first meet Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned Tulane University blues historian. 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. 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.
Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1 #ad - The chicago tribuneThis edition includes an Afterword by Greil Marcus. 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, Johnson’s ghost, an Elvis-worshipping hitman, and the Mississippi Delta itself.
Wicked City: A ThrillerG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - 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, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment—and when it starts up again, Alabama, alley in the spring of 1954, there is something different about it.
Over the course of the next several months, ” one of them remarks, and unexpected heroes emerge—like “a Randolph Scott western, “played out not with horses and Winchesters, lives will change, people die, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades. Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, rich with atmosphere, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, both real and fictional, filled with sensuality and surprise.
Wicked City: A Thriller #ad - 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.
White ShadowG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - For charlie wall had his secrets—secrets that if discovered could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution. The death of retired kingpin charlie Wall—the White Shadow—has shocked the city, reporters, sending cops, and associates scrambling to find those responsible. And yet, the prose is as lyrical as James Lee Burke’s Crusader’s Cross.
White Shadow #ad - It packs the emotional wallop of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. With white shadow, Atkins has found his true voice. Associated press1955: tampa, florida is a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, cigar factories, sweet rum, and violence. Confidential. It is as gritty as James Ellroy’s L. A. This book succeeds both as a first-rate historical novel and as a superb crime story.
As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, an extraordinary story of revenge, honor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, and greed emerges.
Devil's GardenG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - 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.
Devil's Garden #ad - And what he discovers will change American legal history—and his own life—forever. In desperation, arbuckle's defense team hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate and, they hope, discover the truth. Francis hotel-girls, jazz, bootleg hooch. And a dead actress named Virginia Rappe.
William randolph Hearst's newspapers stir up the public and demand a guilty verdict. The D. A. Says it was arbuckle who killed her—crushed her under his weight—and brings him up on manslaughter charges.
The Redeemers A Quinn Colson Novel Book 5G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - And as colson well knows, some secrets can kill. Quinn colson is unemployed—voted out of his position as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. As deputy lillie virgil hunts the criminals and draws Colson in, too, other people join the chase, but with a much more personal motive. He has offers in bigger and better places, but before he goes, Colson’s got one more job to do—bring down county kingpin Johnny Stagg’s criminal operations for good.
At least that's the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, somebody smashes through the house of a wealthy mill owner, making off with a safe full of money and shooting a deputy. In this “morbidly funny”the new york times thriller in ace Atkin’s southern crime series, former Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson might be out of a job—but that doesn't mean he’s staying out of trouble.
The Redeemers A Quinn Colson Novel Book 5 #ad - . For that safe contained more than just money—it held secrets.
The Innocents A Quinn Colson Novel Book 6G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - 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 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.
. 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.
The Innocents A Quinn Colson Novel Book 6 #ad - 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 Fallen A Quinn Colson Novel Book 7G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - It’s the allies and the luck that are in woefully short supply. If colson stands any chance of catching them, new enemies, he’s going to need the help of old allies, and a lot of luck. 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.
. 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 enemies, he has plenty of. 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 Forsaken A Quinn Colson Novel Book 4G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched. Mississippi sheriff quinn colson attempts to root out small town corruption in this gritty crime thriller in Ace Atkins’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling series. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose—and they can play dirty themselves.
. Soon colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching.
The Forsaken A Quinn Colson Novel Book 4 #ad - As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail—or even come out of it alive.