Atkins just gets better and better . . . I will throw down against anyone who disagrees with the statement that Atkins is one of our best American authors. Period . . . No matter what literary genre you might favor, The Broken Places is a book you should read and will not forget.
Atkins’ voice is graceful and tense . . . Atkins’ habit-forming series [shares] a tremendous sense of (rural) place and powerfully nuanced characterization with those of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and C. J. Box.
The action is stark and gripping, the Southern locale suitably atmospheric and the bevy of characters convincing.
Ace Atkins’ Quinn Colson novels have been exceptional from the start . . . whether readers are new to the series or fans from the start, The Broken Places will touch them the way all great novels do, profoundly.
Supercool. ‘Manly’ writing akin to Elmore Leonard’s Detroit Westerns.
Ace Atkins’ killing honestly sets a new standard for Southern crime novels.
A high-tension thriller with a hero to rival Jack Reacher
Atkins continues to combine sturdy character studies with an action-packed tale about the contemporary issues of war veterans and small-town corruption . . . The Broken Places again shows what a powerful storyteller Atkins is.
Amid the full-throttle plot, Atkins never loses sight of his characters’ sensitivities.