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The shameless
2019
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Twenty years ago, a teenager Brandon Taylor walked into the Big Woods north of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, and never returned. As a 10-year-old, Quinn Colson had been lost in those same woods, so the case has particular meaning for him. When a child s bones are found in the woods, and the case reopens, some point fingers to Quinn's uncle, the former sheriff, who took his own life in a cloud of corruption and shame. Quinn's wife Maggie, a childhood friend Brandon, thinks there's a darker conspiracy at work. Letters she receives from a mysterious inmate at a Tennessee state pen may hold the answers.
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The ninth in Atkins' Quinn Colson series finds the beleaguered sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, once again battling the Syndicate, mobsters who have run the county's illicit drug and prostitution business for decades. But this time Quinn has a more personal demon to battle: 20 years earlier, when Quinn was a schoolboy, teenager Brandon Taylor disappeared in Tibbehah's Big Woods, his body eventually found in a position suggesting suicide. Now a pair of New York podcasters have come to town, intent on reopening the case, which reverberates for Quinn in multiple ways: the boy's girlfriend at the time is now Quinn's wife, Maggie, and the then-sheriff, Quinn's uncle, who committed suicide himself, has been widely accused of corruption, a fact that the podcasters are attempting to tie directly to Brandon's case. Meanwhile, the gubernatorial campaign of State Senator Jimmy Vardaman, long in the Syndicate's pocket, is gaining steam, with Quinn still a burr in the would-be governor's saddle. Atkins' signature blend of country noir and southern humor remains on display here, though this time the focus is on the personal traumas in the Quinn family's closets. Another strong outing in a consistently fine series.--Bill Ott Copyright 2019 Booklist
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