Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mystery/Thriller Review ~ THE REDEEMERS by Ace Atkins

The Redeemers (Quinn Colson Novel, #5)
by: Ace Atkins
Series: Quinn Colson
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Source: Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons via NetGalley

The electrifying new novel in New York Times–bestselling author Ace Atkins’s acclaimed series about the real Deep South.
He is only in his early thirties, but now Quinn Colson is jobless—voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, in bigger and better places, but before he goes, he’s got one more job to do—bring down Stagg’s criminal operations for good.

At least that’s the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy—but not that wealthy. None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money—it held secrets.

Secrets that could either save Colson—or destroy him once and for all.

I have never been to Tibbehah County, Mississippi and base The Redeemers, I would never want to go.  Most of the people are portrayed as clueless, sex-starved hillbillies.  At least, that’s my opinion.  Everyone’s either smoking, drinking, or trying to get laid.  Oh, and there is a handful of people that are corrupt, greedy, and entitled.  There’s a truck stop next to a strip joint because truckers love strippers, I guess.  And apparently if you get mad at someone, the best way to get them back is to steal from them.  In the midst of all this, one former Army Ranger stands as the lone symbol of truth, justice, and the American way.  Wait, that’s Superman.  In The Redeemers, Superman’s real name is Quinn Coulson and he is one lethal son of a …

Quinn Coulson is at the final few days of his not so illustrious career as Tibbehah County Sheriff.  Although he did everything right, he did not win re-election.  Apparently, votes are bought and sold in this town.  The local Boss Hogg, Mr. Johnny Stagg has made sure that the local insurance salesman is the new sheriff.  In addition, two other locals have decided to seek revenge on the local rich guy that has swindled them out of money.  And what happens after that is nothing short of hilarious.  I’m not even sure if this book was intended to be funny but between the accents and the idiots involved, I couldn’t stop laughing.  Sure, people died and folks were robbed but I just didn’t care.  Everyone was so over the top, I couldn’t take anything seriously.

I loved The Redeemers but for all the wrong reasons.  It has violence, drugs, infidelity, and plenty of references to sex and strippers.  And there are also two guys from Alabama that put Laurel and Hardy to shame.  They talk, and talk, and talk on and on about ‘Bama Football.  Where that fits in, I have no idea but it was still funny.  This is part of a series that I haven’t read so I’m not sure if all of the other books are like this but I may just have to find out.

**Received a copy from Penguin Group in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4

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