INTERVIEW with Ace Atkins

Michael Barson: Ten years ago you were carving out your career with a series of historical crime novels that revisited iconic events and characters from the past, beginning with WHITE SHADOW in 2006. Those were very good books, but each one was a battle for attention and sales. Now here you are a decade later with not one but two successful series, the award-nominated Sheriff Quinn Colson, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. Did you ever see this coming? Ace Atkins: At that time, I actually vowed to never write a series ever again. I was pretty happy working on my true crime novels and saw that being my career path for a long while. But...

Review of Robert B. Parker’s LITTLE WHITE LI...

ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIES Ace Atkins Spenser Book 45 May 2, 2017 G. P. Putnam’s Sons ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIE by Ace Atkins is another winner. Having taken over writing the Spenser novels nothing has been lost with this smart aleck character. Using his past experience as a journalist Atkins created an engaging story. Spenser’s long time girlfriend psychologist Susan Silverman has referred one of her clients, Connie Kelly, to him. Thinking she found the perfect man on an on-line dating site Connie eagerly wrote him a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars for a real estate investment. The problem is he vanished with...

LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN By Ace Atkins Reviewed

LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN Ace Atkins writer Marco Finnegan artist July 2016 12-Gauge comics I am a fan of Ace Atkins going way back. I’m also a huge fan of comics. When Ace told me that his Nick Travers books were going to be done as graphic novels I got excited. Here is a review I did back in 1998 for CROSSROAD BLUES: “This book sucked me in right from the start. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a sucker for Blues lore and love reading about it. So reading books with a protagonist that is an authority on the blues is to perfect. And Nick Travers is a great character. He’s funny, he’s smart and he’s tough. He’s an ex-pro football player...

Ace Atkins talks about SLOW BURN, THE INNOCENTS

  Ace Atkins will have two books coming out in the next few months. SLOW BURN brings back Robert B. Parker’s character, private investigator Spenser, and Atkins’ Quinn Colson series, THE INNOCENTS. Coincidentally each book cover and plot has elements of fire. SLOW BURN, published the first week in May, begins with a church on fire. Spenser is hired to find out who is behind a series of fires that appear to be set intentionally. With the help of his trusted ally Hawk, his apprentice, Sixkill, and his psychologist girlfriend Susan it becomes apparent the trail of fires leads to Boston’s underworld. They must find the firebug before he...

THE REDEEMERS by Ace Atkins Reviewed

THE REDEEMERS Ace Atkins July 21st, 2015 P. Putnam   THE REDEEMERS (the fifth in the Quinn Colson series) by Ace Atkins highlights Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger who has returned to his Mississippi hometown to become sheriff.  Action seekers should understand that this series is more than a crime novel.  It is also about the culture of the Deep South and the importance of family within that culture. Atkins intentionally chose Quinn to be an Army Ranger, because of “their backgrounds.  I grew up in a town not far from Fort Benning, Georgia, which is where I developed my long admiration for the Rangers and how tough they are.  I knew that...