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by Ron Hansen

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Colorado rancher Atticus Cody receives word that his wayward younger son, Scott, has committed suicide in Resurrection, Mexico. When Atticus travels south to recover Scott's body, he is puzzled by what he finds there and begins to suspect murder. Illuminating those often obscure chambers of the human heart, Atticus is the story of a father's steadfast and


Colorado rancher Atticus Cody receives word that his wayward younger son, Scott, has committed suicide in Resurrection, Mexico. When Atticus travels south to recover Scott's body, he is puzzled by what he finds there and begins to suspect murder. Illuminating those often obscure chambers of the human heart, Atticus is the story of a father's steadfast and almost unfathomable love for his son, a mystery that Ron Hansen's fiction explores with a passion and intensity no reader will be able to resist.

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Thomas Gaughan
Atticus Cody, a well-to-do 67-year-old Colorado rancher, and his son, Scott, a talented but tormented painter, have long been mysteries to each other. Atticus' grip on reality and duty is as strong and constant as Scott's is intermittent. When Atticus is summoned to the Caribbean coast of Mexico after Scott's suicide, he studies his son's bohemian lifestyle amidst the expat gringo grifters, fugitives, and desperate seekers of cancer cures, hoping to "solve the algebra of his boy." Instead, what he finds is the certainty that his son has been murdered and the need to uncover the truth. Told from the points of view of both father and son, the novel succeeds as both a mystery and as a story of deep love and misunderstanding between a father and son. The characters of Atticus, Scott, and Renata, Scott's emotionally elusive lover, are vividly drawn, and the imaginary city of Resureccion is as real as the fierce Mexican sun. "Atticus" is a wonderful novel and, taken together with the earlier" Mariette in Ecstasy" (1991), clearly establishes Hansen as a major talent.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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5.72(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Hansen is the bestselling author of the novel Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Hitler's Niece, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and Isn't It Romantic?, as well as a collection of short stories, a collection of essays, and a book for children. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ron Hansen lives in northern California, where he teaches at Santa Clara University.

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Atticus 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Atticus by Rob Hansen, deals with, Scott, a prodigical son who is missing in the country of Mexico. Through his tender love for his son, Scott's father, Atticus, decides to voyage to Mexico to find the truth about how his son died. Though many twists and turns in the story's context and writing style, it is difficult for the reader to be accustomed to this. The novel captured the readers attention with its use of descripitive background scenes and foretelling descriptions onto what will happen. Though these techniques may intrigue the reader, there are multiple faults in the context. The reader becomes confused when the story shifts to his son's point of view. Though the plot of the story was excellent, the addition of multiple details disdained me to a point where I felt, I could not read more. This book was challenging to read, though quite entertaining at time. In conclusion, I would recommend this to advanced readers with particular tastes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ron Hansen has done a superb job on this novel. Atticus tells a story of a father, Atticus, who is ectremely bonded with his son, Scott. In the beginnning, his son is in a emotional breakdown. During the story, his son is found dead in Mexico which shocks his father. Although Atticus feels very supsicious because he knew his son too well, that Scott would not commit suicide. His suspicion leads to Atticus taking a journey down to Mexico to find out what really happened to his son. While his stay, he meets Scott's friends and how Scott's life was really like. Near the end, he finds out what did happen to Scott. This novel is allowing interesting with twists and turns. At first, I thought this was a usual mystery story where the killer was the one closest to the main character, but I was wrong. In fact, I was surprised with this twist ending. I definitely recommend this for anyone who desires a mystery that is like none other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Atticus was a great book in that it was based around the Bible story of the prodigal son. It showed that, even though a father could not be close with a son or daughter, he would always be there for them. At times I was confused about who was the narrator at times and also why Mr. Hanson started one thing but ended that thought and moved on to another. All that was forgotten when Atticus started wondering if his son's death was not a suicide but a murder. All in all the book was great and I would recommend it to all because the ending, like most compelling mystery books, will leave you speechless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Atticus by Ron Hansen is an exciting murder mystery with great twists. In the beginning Ron Hansen introduces the main characters Atticus and his Son, Scott. We quickly learn that Scott has many mental issues and is not seen to highly by his father. Scott lives in Mexico, partying and painting most of the time, and one day Atticus finds out his son has committed suicide. Atticus through going to Mexico and questioning many people, which sometimes the author seems to make a bit too long, feels that his son has been murdered. The author does a great job of shifting the story and deploying us into the murder mystery this way. It is as if we are Atticus finding out one detail at a time. Ron Hansen does a poor job of explaining things in detail in the sense that he does too much. For example, Atticus is on a bus and rather than him just sitting and then getting off, we find out about every single person on the bus and all the surroundings he passes by. This almost made the book more of a documentary about Mexico rather than a murder mystery. Thought it is a murder mystery with many exciting events that lead it to the end it is a love story about father and son. Ron Hansen does a great job of depicting how Atticus and his son do not share a bond. Atticus is always saying to himself throughout the novel, ¿who are you,¿ as he goes through Scott¿s stuff. As the reader, you slowly begin to find out why Scott was murdered and at the same time you begin to find out who Scott is as if Atticus was for the first time. The plot of the story is exciting and makes you think. It is almost as if it really happened. The best part is when the plot shifts drastically and the whole story changes. For these reasons, I believe that Atticus is a book that anyone who just enjoys a life-like murder mystery should read.