Wicked City

Wicked City

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson series comes a "noir crime classic"( Mystery Ink ) about one of the most notorious towns in American history.

When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City, Alabama, alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment--and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, people die, and unexpected heroes emerge--like "a Randolph Scott western," one of them remarks, "played out not with horses and Winchesters, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades."

Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, rich with atmosphere, filled with sensuality and surprise.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2008.
ISBN: 9780425227077
9780399154577
0399154574
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATK

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Nov 30, 2017

I like Ace Atkins but just couldn’t get around the gas station operating crime fighter vigilante
political activist. I grew up in the Murray Oliver “Trust Texaco” commercial days, and could never imagine him as a vigilante. This kind of story would have worked better set in the 20’s or 30’s.

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