Read a few thrillers or mysteries and you'll start to pick up on a common villain. More often than you'd expect, it isn't a drug kingpin, brothel owner or racketeer pulling the strings on some murderous scheme, but rather some crooked land developer. That seems to be the case in crime writer Ace Atkins' latest, The Ranger, the first in a new series introducing Afghanistan and Iraq vet Quinn Colson as protagonist. Atkins will be at A Real Bookstore, 113 Prairie Road in The Village at Fairview, 7 p.m. Monday to promote the bookand hopefully won't uncover some shady deals buried in the recent past of the new shopping center. Visit arealbookstore.com.
Mon., June 13, 7 p.m., 2011