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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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The Lost Ones
By (author): Ace Atkins
9780525542261 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Crime Feb 05, 2019
$12.99 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7.5 x 0.94 in 416 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
The extraordinary second novel in the New York Times-bestselling author’s acclaimed series about the real Deep South—“the best in crime fiction today” (Megan Abbott).

When Army Ranger Quinn Colson, the new sheriff of Tibbehah County, is called out to investigate a child abuse case, what he finds is a horrifying scene of neglect, thirteen empty cribs, and a shoe box full of money. Janet and Ramon Torres seem to have skipped town—but Colson’s sure they’ll come back for the cash.

Meanwhile, Colson’s sister has returned—clean and sober for good, she says. His friend Boom has been drinking himself into oblivion and picking fights at the local bar. And his old flame is pregnant. But Colson can’t focus on his personal problems. He and Deputy Lillie Virgil are convinced that Janet and Ramon have a taste for guns, drugs, and human trafficking. Soon Colson and Virgil find a link between the fugitive couple and a drug cartel that controls most of the Texas border, taking their investigation far beyond the rough hills of northeast Mississippi…

Story Locale: Tibbehah County (fictional), Mississippi

Series Overview: Former Army Ranger Quinn Colson reluctantly returns to his corrupt Mississippi hometown and his family’s dark history, when he takes up the mantle of County Sheriff, a position once held by his disgraced uncle.

DYNAMIC PUBLISHING ACROSS FORMATS: In 2018 we published mass market conversions of The Ranger (first in series) and The Fallen (most recent in series) to take advantage of opportunities in this format, which we did so successfully with Nick Petrie.

A NEW LOOK FOR ACE: We have given Ace a new look in mass market, which we are now carrying over to his hardcovers.

A SERIES TO WATCH: Each Quinn Colson novel has done better than the one before it. In the last year, combined print and ebook sales jumped over twenty percent.

A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR: Ace Atkins’ continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and he’s earned widespread acclaim for the Quinn Colson books from such fellow bestselling authors as Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Megan Abbott, and C. J. Box.

A NEW HERO FOR THE DEEP SOUTH: South Louisiana has James Lee Burke, Minnesota has Sandford, Los Angeles has Crais and Connelly, Florida has Hiaasen and Randy Wayne White—now rural Mississippi has a magnetic young hero in Quinn Colson.

Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-three books, including eight Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”). In addition, he is the author of seven New York Times-bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Author Residence: Oxford, Mississippi

“Quinn Colson is an American hero in a time when we need him.”—C.J. BOX

“Quinn Colson is my kind of guy. I would follow him anywhere.”—LEE CHILD

“Ace Atkins is one of the best crime writers at work today.”—MICHAEL CONNELLY

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