“Crooked Letter Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin

crooked letter crooked letter by tom franklin

From the first paragraph of “Crooked Letter Crooked Letter”, Tom Franklin had me hooked. I was so captured by the characters in his novel I didn’t want to put it down. At the same time, I didn’t want it to end, and I put it aside a few times to make it last longer.

When you reach the last page, this quote will really ring true;

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” ― Paul Sweeney

Description from the publisher:

“In the 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals in a small town in rural Mississippi. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry was the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, black single mother. But then Larry took a girl to a drive-in movie and she was never seen or heard from again. He never confessed . . . and was never charged.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry lives a solitary, shunned existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has become the town constable. And now another girl has disappeared, forcing two men who once called each other “friend” to confront a past they’ve buried for decades.”

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