The Broken Places
by Ace Atkins
Quinn Colson, a former Sgt with the Army Rangers, is now Sheriff of the county of his hometown, Jericho, Mississippi. His sister, Caddy, and her son are living with a pardoned convict, Jamey Dixon, who was jailed for murdering his girlfriend but has now proclaimed himself a minister. Together Caddy and Dixon are building a church and retreat out of an old barn. The book begins with three convicts escaping from a Mississippi prison to locate Dixon. They were all involved with an armored car robbery that was not solved nor was the money ever recovered. They just know that Dixon has taken it for himself. Toss in your standard political and business corruption, and good ol' boy behaviors of the South, and you have an atmospheric crime novel filled with rich characters. It's fascinating to watch this tale unfold, and as the crime comes to a head, a tornado destroys half the town and adds mayhem to the mix. This is book three in the Quinn Colson series and the first one I've read. The author provides enough back story here that you can follow the characters without having reading the first two books. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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