Books written by Ace Atkins include "Crossroad Blues," "Devil's Garden" and "Infamous." A former crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Atkins was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation of a cold homicide case, which later became the foundation for his novel White Shadow. He has also received nominations for every major crime fiction award, including multiple nominations for the Edgar Award.
As a student at Auburn University, where he played on the undefeated football team as a defensive end, Atkins earned a degree in screenwriting. After graduation, he embarked on a career as a journalist. While working as a reporter, he wrote his first two novels, "Crossroad Blues" and "Leavin’ Trunk Blues."
In addition to his stand-alone novels, Atkins writes books featuring protagonists Nick Travers and Quinn Colson. Books in the Nick Travers series include "Dark End of the Street" and "Dirty South." Some Quinn Colson books include "The Ranger," "Broken Places" and "The Forsaken." In 2011, Atkins assumed the authorship of the Spenser crime novels, following the death of original author Robert B. Parker.
A native of Alabama, Atkins frequently sets his novels in locations associated with his personal life. He lives on a farm in Oxford, Mississippi, as of 2016.