Don't Let the Devil Ride: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“An instant Southern noir classic” –S.A. Cosby 

S.A. Cosby meets Don Winslow in the breakout thriller from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins. A Memphis woman hires a PI to find her missing husband, only to discover that he is involved in a dangerous web of international intrigue—and she and her children are now at risk.

Hell is empty…and Addison McKellar’s husband is missing.

Addison McKellar isn’t clueless—she knows she and her husband Dean don’t have the perfect marriage—but she’s still shocked when he completely vanishes from her life. At first Addison is annoyed, but as days stretch into a week and she’s repeatedly stonewalled by Dean’s friends and associates, her frustration turns into genuine alarm. When even the police seem dismissive of her concerns, Addison turns to her father’s old friend, legendary Memphis PI Porter Hayes.

Porter and Addison begin to dig deeper into Dean’s affairs and quickly discover that he was never the hardworking business owner and family man he pretended to be. As they piece together the connections between a hook-handed mercenary, one of Elvis’s former leading ladies, and a man posing as an FBI agent, it becomes clear that Dean was deeply enmeshed in a high-stakes web of international intrigue, and Porter and Addison aren’t the only ones looking for him.

Dean angered some very dangerous people before he disappeared—people who have already killed to get what they want—and they won’t hesitate to come after his family to even the score.

Don’t Let the Devil Ride is a thrilling adventure about what can happen when you pull back the curtain on your life. Ace Atkins, long known for gritty Southern noir with a witty edge, has crafted an ambitious, globe-hopping story that comes home to Memphis in explosive fashion.

About the Author


Ace Atkins is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who started his writing career as a crime beat reporter in Florida. Don’t Let the Devil Ride is his thirtieth novel. His previous novels include eleven books in the Quinn Colson series and multiple true-crime novels based on infamous crooks and killers. In 2010, he was chosen by Robert B. Parker’s family to continue the iconic Spenser series, adding ten novels to the franchise. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family. 

Praise For…


“Anyone who has read Ace Atkins knows he’s diabolically talented, but his latest goes beyond crackling wit and whip-smart storytelling. Don't Let the Devil Ride combines meaty questions about the lies we build to protect ourselves—and what happens when those lies collapse—with a masterfully crafted plot and seductive Southern setting to create a novel that sings.” — Don Winslow, #1 Internationally bestselling author

“With his boisterous and beguiling new novel Don’t Let the Devil Ride, Ace Atkins confirms his status as the poet laureate of Southern hustlers and ne’er do wells. Full of wily humor and epic bad behavior, this is an ebullient, rollicking ride you don’t dare miss.” — Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Beware the Woman

"Ace Atkins's killing honesty sets a new standard for Southern crime fiction." — New York Times Book Review

"Don't Let the Devil Ride rumbles and rocks like the bottom beat in a Memphis blues tune played by a master. Ace Atkins has crafted an instant Southern noir classic that embodies the best aspects of the genre. Larger than life characters, wry humor, deep pathos and storytelling that embrace both the sacred and the profane."
S.A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of All the Sinners Bleed

 "Ace Atkins is the Southern noir king. I’ve been reading him since his debut, and I am consistently wowed by the layers and depth of his characters, the crackling authenticity of his dialogue, and the elegance of his prose. Edgy, richly atmospheric, and often darkly funny, Don't Let the Devil Ride is the work of a master storyteller at the top of his game. A must-read!" — Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The New Couple in 5B

"Don’t Let the Devil Ride is great work by Ace Atkins. It’s clever, intricate and moves with unstoppable momentum and twists to the very last page." — Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Desert Stars

“Another outstanding, gripping, and atmospheric thriller that packs a mean punch. Ace Atkins delivers a rollercoaster of suspense, blending Southern charm with a global conspiracy in Don’t Let The Devil Ride, his biggest, most daring novel to date.” — Real Book Spy

"Adventure writing of a high order... Richly packed with colorful characters and expert writing." — Washington Post

“Exceptional. . . . Atkins is writing at the top of his game.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Action-packed and engrossing.... Atkins delivers stronger tales with each outing.” — Associated Press

"The Deep South's True Detective." — Men's Journal on Quinn Colson

"A satisfying mix of modern Southern gothic atmosphere and thrilling action, salted with crackling humor." — Tampa Bay Times on Quinn Colson

"Atkins allows Quinn to make mistakes and have foibles, making him an even more complex character." — The Associated Press on Quinn Colson

"The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails officers and the place they love provides plenty of action [and] well-developed characters." — Kirkus Reviews on Quinn Colson

Gripping... Atkins again portrays this pocket of the South with all its flaws, but he's too good a writer for anything to seem stereotyped. Grade: A." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Quinn Colson

"Masterful... it's clear that Atkins has long lived among the kind of folks populating his work." — The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal on Quinn Colson

"In the same class as James Lee Burke. Atkins is at the point where his writing is becoming the gold standard of genre and (yes) literary fiction. If you are unfamiliar with him, now is the point to jump on." — Bookreporter.com on Quinn Colson

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063293380
ISBN-10: 0063293382
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English