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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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The Broken Places
By (author): Ace Atkins
9780525542278 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Crime Apr 02, 2019
$12.99 CAD
Active 4.19 x 7.5 x 1.09 in 432 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
The remarkable third novel in the in the New York Times-bestselling author’s acclaimed series about the real Deep South—“the best in crime fiction today” (Megan Abbott).

A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge.

Another group who doesn’t believe him—the men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery. They’re sure he’s gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves.

Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they’ve got their work cut out for them. But they don’t count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head. Communications are down, the roads are impassable—and the rule of law is just about to snap.

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 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: Wehave given Ace a new look in mass market, which we are not 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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