‘The Heathens’ the last page turner from Ace Atkins

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“The Pagans”

Author: Ace Atkins

The Threads of GP Putnam, 400 pages, $ 27

Hero Quinn Colson plays the second violin in Ace Atkins’ 11th book series starring the Sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. The real star of “The Heathens” is Tanya Jane Byrd, a 17-year-old beauty on the run with her “gang” after the gruesome murder of her troubled mother.

Known to everyone as TJ, she, her 9-year-old brother John Wesley, her best friend, Holly Harkins, and her car thief boyfriend, Ladarius, left after her mother, Gina, was found butchered and stuffed into a barrel full of bleach.

TJ is the prime suspect due to his acrimonious relationship with Gina. Things had recently escalated when Gina had “invested” TJ’s trust money in her obnoxious boyfriend’s liquor store.

On their trail is US Marshal Lillie Virgil, a former friend and deputy of Sheriff Colson, as the gang heads north and then west.

Meanwhile, Colson, who led a troubled youth before becoming an Army Ranger and returning to clean up his corrupt home county, doesn’t believe TJ and his friends are the murderers, and heads to another. track populated by deadly scoundrels.

Atkins fans can rejoice. “The Heathens” is a fast page turner that meets the series standards very well.

CF Foster lives in Riverside.