Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
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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 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 BreechCrooked 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.

 

About Tom Franklin

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Tom Franklin is the author of Hell at the Breech and Poachers. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their three children. He teaches at the University of Mississippi.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by William Morrow. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The town assumed Larry had killed her, so though no body was found, no charges brought, Larry was punished.

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Examiner

Nicknamed ‘Scary Larry’ by everybody in his rural Mississippi town, Larry Ott is the town outcast.

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Book Reporter

One could draw a line beginning with Shakespeare --- OTHELLO specifically --- to A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens through SANCTUARY by William Faulkner, to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee through NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy, and then on to CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER.

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USA Today

Twenty-year-old secrets link Larry Ott, a much-maligned local oddball and rural Mississippi mechanic suspected in the disappearance of a teenage girl, and Silas "32" Jones, an African-American constable.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, his third novel, takes its name from the children's rhyme for spelling Mississippi: "M, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, humpback, humpback, I."

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Spinetingler Magazine

Larry and Silas, one white and the other black, were boyhood friends for a short time in Rural Mississippi more than a quarter of a century before (where children were taught to spell the name of the State and river: M, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, hump...

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Chamber Four

That fat sumbitch—I can’t even remember his name now—he didn’t go to church but Momma always did, no matter where the man she’s seeing lived she’d haul my sleepy ass off the couch and borry his car and drag me to whichever church it was, Baptist she could find it but we’d try a Methodist, too, in...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a book I would happily recommend to any reader, no questions asked.

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Fiction Writers Review

Confession: I read Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter on my Kindle.

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Southern Lit Review

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin has been met with a steady stream of critical praise since hitting shelves in October, 2010.

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Let me know in the comments if you’ve read Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and, if so, what you thought of it.

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But then a saw screams in and the tree topples and the circles are stricken by the sun and the sap glistens and the stump is laid open for the world to see.” Both unsettling and lyrical, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is simply one of the best novels of the past year, echoing the finest of Faulkn...

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