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The Shameless
By (author): Ace Atkins
9780525539469 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Crime Jul 09, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.27 x 1.47 in 464 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Buried secrets, dirty lies, and unbridled greed and ambition raise the stakes down South in the lauded crime series from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins.

Twenty years ago, Brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon. That’s what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. Now two New York-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon?

Quinn wants to help. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor. But Quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he’s got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. He’s trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that’s had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, trafficking drugs, stolen goods, and young women through the MidSouth. Truck stop madam Fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show. And then there’s Senator Jimmy Vardaman, who’s cut out the old political establishment riding the Syndicate’s money and power—plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance—straight to the governor’s office. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. Tibbehah will be lawless.

Quinn’s been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.S. Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out.

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.

A SERIES TO WATCH: Each Quinn Colson novel has done better than the one before it. For both 2015’s The Redeemers and 2016’s The Innocents, combined print and ebook sales jumped more than twenty percent over the year before.

DYNAMIC PUBLISHING ACROSS FORMATS: In 2018 we are publishing The Ranger (first book in series) and The Fallen (2017 hardcover) in mass market, as we did successfully with Nick Petrie. The Sinners (2018 hardcover) will publish in mass shortly before this book. These releases lay groundwork for a big push on The Shameless.

OUR BIGGEST CAMPAIGN YET: We’re planning year-long promos and early galleys, positioning this as a real breakout for Atkins. We’ll launch our biggest advertising campaign for Atkins to date, including radio, digital, mobile, and e-mail advertising, all targeted using the latest consumer insights on his audience. Broader distribution of the Quinn Colson series in mass market will bring new readership to the series overall.

A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR: All Ace Atkins books in the Robert B. Parker Spenser series have been New York Times-bestsellers, and he’s earned widespread acclaim for the Quinn Colson books from the likes of Lee Child, Michael Connelly, 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.

TRADE PAPERBACK TIE-IN: The Sinners, on sale 6/25/19

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 has a third Edgar nomination for his short story “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”). 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 and a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and he played defensive end for Auburn University football.

Author Residence: Oxford, Mississippi

Marketing: National print publicity

Online publicity campaign

National author tour

Radio satellite tour

Radio advertising

Online advertising

Mobile advertising

Email advertising

Online promotions

Influencer outreach

Partnership outreach

Consumer sweepstakes

Social media campaign

Backlist promotions

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“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

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