“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 new Tom Franklin novel is always a reason to get excited, but Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is more—a cause for celebration. What a great novel by a great novelist.”—Dennis Lehane
A powerful and resonant novel from Tom Franklin—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.
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"I was totally engrossed by Franklin's story of two (secret) childhood friends who grow apart and come back together under the most unsettling of circumstances - the disappearance of two local girls twenty-five years apart. Franklin paints a unforgiving tableau of small-town Mississippi life where ghosts of the past are alive and well. Generations of residents in the "hamlet" of Chabot still taunt Larry Ott for a crime he allegedly committed when he was in high school. Silas Jones, the second half of the friendship, is the local "constable" who is still referred to by his high school baseball number, "32." These two men go toe-to-toe with the demons of their respective and shared pasts in a dark, gripping narrative not unlike the Stephen King short stories that Larry read to Silas when they were kids."
Jenny (5 out of 5 stars)