Ace Atkins! Southern noir writer! Seriously with a name like that splayed across a mystery novel's cover, how can you not read it? An Alabama native, Atkins has written four mysteries, most set in the Dirty Dirty, including Crossroad Blues and Dark End of the Street. With his new novel, White Shadow, he takes us to the Cuban-flavored mean streets of 1955 Tampa. The "White Shadow" is mob boss Charlie Wall, who has been bludgeoned to death, sending his criminal empire into chaos and reporters and investigators scrambling. Throw in a trip to old-school Havana, some rum and cigars and a guest appearance by the Sicilian mob, and we're in straight-up mystery dreamland. Atkins definitely knows what he's doing: He was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a Livingston Award while working as a crime reporter for the Tampa Bay Tribune. Oh and "Ace" happens to be his real name. (Haters.) Atkins will read from and sign his new book at 6:30 p.m.
Thu., May 18, 6:30 p.m.