The story was rescued from an old floppy disc and first published in 2008, in a special, 10th anniversary edition of Crossroad Blues.
Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4Carrefour, Ltd. #ad - He sets out with fifteen-year-old rap star, ALIAS, seeking a team of grifters that conned the kid. When a killer hits too close, and his wife, nick takes ALIAS with him to the Mississippi Delta for the protection and guidance of Nick's mentor, blues legend JoJo Jackson, Loretta. Soon nick, jojo, sex, and another old-school delta tough guy do battle in the Dirty South rap world where money, and murder threaten to take down Paris's empire and destroy ALIAS.
The missing money will pay a bounty on Paris's head that was set by a crosstown rival, a street-hard thug named Cash. Nick soon finds himself lost in the world of Gucci-lined Bentleys and endless bottles of Cristal champagne. As cultures clash, the newly built mansions of New Orleans's lakefront, the story winds its way through the infamous Calliope housing projects, and ultimately to the brackish muck of the Bayou Savage.
Dirty South Nick Travers Book 4 #ad - Critical praise“as welcome as a cold beer on a hot Jazz Fest afternoon. Washington post“Reads like a blues song brought to life. Chicago sun-times“as a writer, atkins knows how to walk fine lines with perfect balance; his books are compassionate, hard and richly atmospheric in a way that never overshadows narrative.
As much as anyone else writing, he escapes the sentimentality that bedevils hard-boiled fiction. Salon. When music mogul teddy paris, visits nick travers and asks him to help find $700, 000 taken from a rap prodigy, a former teammate from the New Orleans Saints, Nick can't turn down his friend.
Dark End of the Street Nick Travers Book 3Carrefour Ltd. #ad - Critical praise“when all is said and done, Dark End sheds light on the underbelly of politics, racism and the junking of American culture. But when james's wife and close friend were murdered, his life was shattered. But as travers knows, these simple jobs seldom turn out smoothly. His friend's brother is clyde james, in 1968, who, was one of the finest soul singers Memphis had to offer.
With a precise eye for detail, atkins takes nick travers on a journey into the hidden pockets of New Orleans, the battered roadhouses and truck stops of Mississippi, and the streets of Memphis that only an insider could know. The plan is simple. Welcome to ace atkins's new South, where you won't find a single southern belle or dripping magnolia.
Dark End of the Street Nick Travers Book 3 #ad - Atkins is an astute observer of life as well as a singular voice in fiction. Usa today. Travers's search for the singer soon leads him to the casinos in Tunica, a zealot gubernatorial candidate linked to a neo-Confederacy movement, and converges with the agenda of the Dixie Mafia, Mississippi, and an obsessed killer who thinks he has a true spiritual link to the late Elvis Presley.
All nick travers, a former professional football player turned professor, has to do is drive up Highway 61 from New Orleans to Memphis and track down the lost brother of one of his best friends. He turned to the streets, where, decades ago, he disappeared.
Leavin' Trunk Blues Nick Travers Book 2Carrefour Ltd. #ad - A major player in the mystery genre. ". She agrees to an interview only in exchange for him checking out what she calls the truth behind Lyons's last hours. Travers soon learns there are those who still want the details of Lyons's death to remain hidden in the rubble of the blighted neighborhoods. First published in print in 2000, this second book in the Nick Travers series remains a classic.
Leavin' Trunk Blues Nick Travers Book 2 #ad - Atkins makes the unseen parts of New Orleans and Chicago really come alive. She's been locked in a prison cell ever since. Now, a flickering hope emerges for Walker in the form of letters from a Tulane University blues historian named Nick Travers. She became one of the greatest blues singers the city has ever known, only to lose everything when she was convicted of murdering her lover and producer, Billy Lyons, in 1959.
If the streets of chicago's south Side could talk, they would probably speak in the cracked voices of the bluesmen who shuffle through this soulful mystery. The new york times book reviewin the 1950s, Ruby Walker boarded the Illinois Central from Mississippi to the Promised Land – Chicago.
Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1Carrefour, Ltd. #ad - It’s here that we first meet Nick Travers, an ex-New Orleans Saint turned Tulane University blues historian. Nick searches for the lost recordings of 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson—and a missing colleague—and finds trouble at every turn. The cast of characters includes a red-headed siren, an Elvis-worshipping hitman, Johnson’s ghost, and the Mississippi Delta itself.
A decade later, Crossroad Blues still sings. Critical praise“in atkins’ hands, the characters are as substantial as a down home breakfast of biscuits and ham with red-eye gravy. Entertainment weekly“when Atkins old guys open up, you can really hear the music everybody talks about so reverently. The new york times"atkins' research into blues history adds depth and context to the always entertaining story, which whizzes by like an old, familiar song heard on the car radio late at night.
Crossroad Blues Nick Travers Book 1 #ad - The chicago tribuneThis edition includes an Afterword by Greil Marcus. Nick travers is back where it all began. Years after the philadelphia inquirer proclaimed Crossroad Blues “an impressive debut by a promising new talent, ” the acclaimed crime novel is back in print. A modern, southern re-invention of the maltese Falcon, Crossroad Blues won noir fans with its nod to the masters and thrilled readers with a wild ride along Highway 61.
The Shameless A Quinn Colson Novel Book 9G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Army ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out. 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. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. That's what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods.
Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U. S. 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.
The Shameless A Quinn Colson Novel Book 9 #ad - Truck stop madam fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show. Now two new york-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that's had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, stolen goods, trafficking drugs, and young women through the MidSouth.
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. 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.
Devil's GardenG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history. San francisco, september 1921: silent-screen comedy star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is throwing a wild party in his suite at the St. William randolph Hearst's newspapers stir up the public and demand a guilty verdict.
In desperation, they hope, arbuckle's defense team hires an operative from the famed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate and, discover the truth. And what he discovers will change American legal history—and his own life—forever. Says it was arbuckle who killed her—crushed her under his weight—and brings him up on manslaughter charges.
Devil's Garden #ad - The D. A. Francis hotel-girls, jazz, bootleg hooch. And a dead actress named Virginia Rappe. The agent's name is Dashiell Hammett.
The Revelators A Quinn Colson Novel Book 10G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Marshal lillie virgil, and Donnie Varner, a childhood buddy now working for the Feds as an informant. With the help of his new wife maggie, he's walking again, rehabilitation, and sheer force of will, eager to resume his work as a southern lawman and track down those responsible for his attempted murder.
Quinn will enlist the help of his most trusted friends, including federal agent Jon Holliday, U. S. Vardaman sits at the top of the state's power structure--both legal and criminal--and little does he know, Quinn is still alive. In this gripping new crime novel from the New York Times-bestselling author, Quinn Colson is about to find out whether his quest for justice can coexist with his loyalty to the law.
The Revelators A Quinn Colson Novel Book 10 #ad - . Shot up and left for dead, Sheriff Quinn Colson has revenge on his mind. Since quinn's been gone, the criminal element in north Mississippi has flourished, with queenpin Fannie Hathcock enjoying unbridled freedom. As an ice storm bears down on north Mississippi and Memphis, and Tibbehah County is isolated from the outside world, the killers will return to finish the job.
But this time, quinn colson and company will be waiting, ready to bust apart a criminal empire running on a rigged system for far too long. In the end, the war will end--for better or worse.
Wicked City: A ThrillerG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - From the new york times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a “noir crime classic”Mystery Ink about one of the most notorious towns in American history. When crime-fighting attorney albert patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment—and when it starts up again, alley in the spring of 1954, Alabama, there is something different about it.
Wicked City: A Thriller #ad - Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, “played out not with horses and Winchesters, people die, ” one of them remarks, and unexpected heroes emerge—like “a Randolph Scott western, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades. Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, rich with atmosphere, both real and fictional, filled with sensuality and surprise.
A small group of men meet and decide they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen.
The Sinners A Quinn Colson Novel Book 8G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - In this novel from new York Times-bestselling crime master Ace Atkins, violence comes in many forms. And this time it may be more than Quinn Colson can handle. The pritchards had never been worth a damn--an evil, greedy family who made their living dealing drugs and committing mayhem. To make matters worse, a shady trucking firm with possible ties to the Gulf Coast syndicate has moved into Tibbehah, and they have their own methods of intimidation.
The Sinners A Quinn Colson Novel Book 8 #ad - With his longtime deputy lillie virgil now working up in memphis, and his own wedding on the horizon, but with Old West-style violence breaking out, Quinn Colson finds himself having to fall back on some brand-new deputies to help him out, this is without a doubt Colson's most trying time as sheriff.
Cracks are opening up all over the county, and shadowy figures are crawling out through them--and they're all heading directly for him. Years ago, power, but now he's getting out, with revenge, Colson's late uncle had put the clan's patriarch in prison, and family business on his mind.
White ShadowG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - It is as gritty as James Ellroy’s L. A. This book succeeds both as a first-rate historical novel and as a superb crime story. Confidential. With white shadow, Atkins has found his true voice. Associated press1955: tampa, sweet rum, cigar factories, Florida is a city pulsing with Sicilian and Cuban gangsters, and violence.
White Shadow #ad - As the trail winds through neighborhoods rich and poor, an extraordinary story of revenge, honor, enmeshing the innocent and corrupt alike all the way down to the streets and casinos of Havana, and greed emerges. The death of retired kingpin charlie Wall—the White Shadow—has shocked the city, sending cops, reporters, and associates scrambling to find those responsible.
It packs the emotional wallop of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River. For charlie wall had his secrets—secrets that if discovered could destroy a criminal empire and ignite a revolution. And yet, the prose is as lyrical as James Lee Burke’s Crusader’s Cross.