Novelist Ace Atkins goes straight for the throat in The Lost Ones, one of the two recently released titles he’ll be discussing and signing today at Murder by the Book. After meeting a sorry assortment of criminals, crooked officials and reluctant good guys, readers are taken directly to a rat-trap house with dead dogs in the front yard and 13 empty cribs inside. Just a few hours before the sheriff’s arrival, those cribs held 13 dirty, hungry, abused babies. That discovery sets Sheriff Quinn Colson, Atkins’s new protagonist, on a statewide chase for the children, who are about to be sold on the black market. Colson not only has to find the kids, he has to fight against an extremely brutal and well-organized criminal Mexican drug cartel while he does it.
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A Pulitzer Prize nominee, Atkins has authored 11 books, including the critically acclaimed White Shadow. 4:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑524‑8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com.
Sat., June 2, 4:30 p.m., 2012