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At the outset of bestseller Atkins's strong third Quinn Colson novel (after 2012's The Rangers), Jamey Dixon returns to his native Jericho, Miss., to start a church and preach the good word after being pardoned for a murder conviction. While Dixon has his critics-namely Ophelia Bundren, who happens to be the sister of the woman Dixon supposedly killed-he finds solace in the arms of Caddy Colson, who's the sister of the local sheriff, Quinn Colson, Atkins's laconic everyman. Quinn suspects Dixon of being nothing more than a huckster, yet he prefers to stay out of his sister's affairs, even when Ophelia urges him to protect Caddy. But when two escaped convicts come seeking revenge on Dixon, the town of Jericho is thrown into turmoil and Quinn is forced to act to keep law and order-even if that means defending Dixon. Amid the full-throttle plot, Atkins never loses sight of his characters' sensitivities. Author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Quinn Colson, Afghanistan War veteran turned hometown sheriff, returns for a third tale of crime fighting in Jericho, Mississippi, with criminals and natural disasters competing to wreak the greatest damage. Trouble has crept into Quinn's private life via his sister, Caddy, who has dived headlong into a relationship with recently pardoned murderer Jamey Dixon. Dixon, ordained a minister through a prison theology program, is preaching redemption at his new church, but many locals are skeptical. Before long, Dixon's return threatens the entire community. Two of his prison buddies escape, determined to retrieve the fortune they're convinced Dixon has stolen from them. At the same time, Jericho is hammered by a storm that shields the escapees and challenges Quinn to emerge as the community's leader. Atkins' voice is graceful and tense as he portrays Jericho's residents facing human and natural threats with a certainty that their community will prevail. Readers'-advisory opportunities abound with Atkins' habit-forming series, which shares a tremendous sense of (rural) place and powerfully nuanced characterization with those of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and C. J. Box.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist