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In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, 'The Wickedest City in America,' a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch.

When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause just for a moment-and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide that 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 will die, and unexpected heroes will emerge - 'like a Randolph Scott western,' one of them remarks, 'played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades.'

Atkins draws from the worlds of pulp and Faulkner in Wicked City, using characters from the town's true history to tell a story of the best and worst of morality, and the ambiguity in between.

Critical Praise:

"This is the classic Western tale of good vs. evil, 'played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and Fords and .38s and switchblades.' The result is a gripping, superb crime story, all the more remarkable because it really did happen. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wicked City (Thorndike Crime Scene)
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4104-0839-6 / 978-1-4104-0839-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 0-399-15457-4 / 978-0-399-15457-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 0-425-22707-3 / 978-0-425-22707-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-5113-6488-2 / 978-1-5113-6488-1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-5012-8673-0 / 978-1-5012-8673-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4992-X / 978-1-4233-4992-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4991-1 / 978-1-4233-4991-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4987-3 / 978-1-4233-4987-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4988-1 / 978-1-4233-4988-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4984-9 / 978-1-4233-4984-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4985-7 / 978-1-4233-4985-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
ISBN: 1-4233-4986-5 / 978-1-4233-4986-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
Publisher: C & R Crime
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wicked City
Author(s): Ace Atkins
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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