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“The classic trifecta of talent, heart, and a bone-deep sense of storytelling….A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind.” —David Wroblewski

A powerful and resonant novel from the critically acclaimed author of Smonk and Hell at the Breech, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter tells the riveting story of two boyhood friends, torn apart by circumstance, who are brought together again by a terrible crime in a small Mississippi town. An extraordinary novel that seamlessly blends elements of crime and Southern literary fiction, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a must for readers of Larry Brown, Pete Dexter, Ron Rash, and Dennis Lehane.

In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades.

Fiction & Literature
October 5
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

KLG2066 ,

A brutal but well written tale of life in the Deep South

This book takes a bit to get going - a great deal of time is dedicated to introducing you to the location vs the characters.
Serves as a window into what life was, and is, like in a poor Southern community. This is not a light not a happy read but it does serve well to show the differences between growing up black vs white and it opens one’s eyes to things that they’d otherwise never see.

Jenita Marie ,

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

Great read! Entertaining the whole time.

CheapReader ,

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

I purchased this book and it was well worth it. No continuing on to the sequel, lots of detail and descriptions so you can really get into it. I will consider reading more books by Franklin.

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