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Published on July 7th, 2021 | by TLV News


Square Books Presents Ace Atkins in conversation with Jack Pendarvis for “The Heathens” + Signing at Old Armory Pavilion Monday, July 12, 2021

With summer officially started, outdoor events will provide a much-needed opportunity to get back to the activities Oxford knows and loves. In-person readings at Square Books have been particularly missed, and on Monday, July 12 at 6 pm, the Old Armory Pavilion will host a celebration of the release of Ace Atkins’s latest installment in the Quinn Colson series, The Heathens.

Per Square Books tradition, he’ll be joined in conversation by Jack Pendarvis, and, to make it a real party, there will be live music by Tate Moore, hot catfish from Taylor Grocery Special Events Catering, and craft cocktails by The Hospitality Bruhs. Pretty much everything you need to enjoy an evening of literature, food, and music will be provided, but please BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). Social distancing will be required.

Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-eight books, including eleven Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he has a third Edgar nomination for his short story “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”). He is the author of nine New York Times-bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times and a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and he played defensive end for Auburn University football.

Jack Pendarvis is the author of four books of fiction and one of nonfiction. A former columnist for both the Oxford American and the Believer, he is a writer and story editor for the Peabody Award–winning television show Adventure Time. He lives in Oxford, around the corner from Ace Atkins.

In The Heathens Sheriff Quinn Colson and his former deputy Lillie Virgil find themselves on opposite sides of a case for the first time after a woman is found dead and three delinquent teens go on the run.

Before he was an Army Ranger who came home to become Tibbehah County Sheriff and take down a corrupt system, Quinn Colson was a kid who got into trouble–a lot of it. So when juvenile delinquent TJ Byrd insists that she doesn’t know who killed her mother—an unreliable addict who has disappeared—Quinn’s inclined to believe her. But no one else does–not the town, not the sheriff in a neighboring county, not her mother’s older boyfriend, and certainly not Quinn’s friend and former deputy, U.S. Marshal Lillie Virgil.

 The Byrd family has always been trouble, and sixteen-year-old TJ is known for petty theft, fighting, and general hellraising. She’s also no fool, and when she senses she’s about to take the fall for her mother’s murder, TJ, her boyfriend, her best friend, and her nine-year-old brother go on the run. As Lillie Virgil tracks the kids across a trail of burglaries, stolen cars and even a kidnapping, intent on bringing TJ to justice, Quinn sets out to find the truth back in Tibbehah. Someone has gone to a lot of violent trouble to make TJ and her friends the logical target of the investigation. It’s easy, and who cares about a bunch of lawless kids?

 As the bloody evidence against TJ piles up, Quinn knows someone truly evil is at work here—and that puts TJ and her friends in more danger than they can imagine.

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