The Innocents

The Innocents

Book - 2016
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She was just seventeen, a high school dropout named Milly Jones, found walking down the middle of the highway, engulfed in flames. Even in a tough Mississippi county like Tibbehah, it shatters the community, and it is up to Sheriff Quinn Colson, back on the job after a year away, and his deputy Lillie Virgil, to investigate what happened and why. Before long, however, accusations start to fly, national media and federal authorities descend, and what seemed like a senseless act of violence begins to appear like something even more disturbing--with more victims waiting in the shadows.
Publisher: London, Corsair, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781472151650
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm.


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Oct 25, 2017

While I plowed through this with continuing annoyance, I wouldn't recommend it. It's not well written. You can foresee the horrible "secret" withheld until the end coming from long ahead of the moment when it arrives, and even then it's rather obviously nicked from contemporary events, and it's not well done. The colloquial dialects written into characters of a certain geographic area don't match with the vernacular of the area. In some places the writer obviously didn't bother checking facts before peppering in pop culture references to song titles or performers. If you get a chance to read this, pass.

Dec 20, 2016

I enjoy all things Southern so this was fun to read. The characters were well drawn and the beginning of the plot compelling. I found that the solution to the mystery was too evident, however, and the book fizzled out in the end. Disappointing, but I would recommend it anyway for a light read.

Aug 05, 2016

Another good read by Ace Atkins. I found this book focused a bit more on sheriff Lillie Virgil. I like the character of Lillie. Also an introduction of a new character Fannie Hathcock. I love the colorful language of the characters in these Quinn Colson novels. Those that enjoyed the previous books will love this one. I look forward to the next Qinn Colson novel. Also try the Nick Travers Graphic Novel "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" that just released recently.

Jul 24, 2016

I agree with the reviewer that this was somewhat disappointing. The plot does move along quickly with Quinn and Lillie searching for Milly's killer. It came to an abrupt ending and an event that would appear to set the stage for the next Quinn Colson novel.

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