Many Gator fans might remember Ace Atkins from this picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated as he sacked Gator quarterback Danny Wuerffel. Along with his fame as an Auburn Tiger, he majored in screenplay writing and after graduation became a staff reporter for the Tampa Tribune covering the crime beat. Nominated for a Pulitzer for a series of articles on a 1950s murder case, he was able to combine his love for Dashell Hammett crime stories with his talent for narrative writing. Turning to fiction, he has used many characters and incidents from his days as a crime reporter in his Quinn Colson series and stand alone novels.
Atkins was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston’s iconic private eye, Spenser. Atkins has now written six novels that imitate the style of Robert B. Parker. Now a New York Times bestselling author of more than a nineteen novels, Atkins has written seven Quinn Colson novels in which the protagonist is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who comes home to Mississippi to fight corruption at home. The novels are currently in development for a major television series. He also writes essays and investigative aricles for several magazines that include Outside and Garden and Gun.
Atkins has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction, including the Edgar three times, twice for Quinn Colson novels.
Atkins will be speaking as part of our Author Series, Saturday, May 6, 2:30pm at Headquarters.