Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

By Tom Franklin

  • Release Date: 2010-10-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 505 Ratings


“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.


  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

    By CheapReader
    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.
  • Page Turner!!!!

    By Jnormand100
    Loved the story....characters.....setting....everything! Great book!
  • Good Read

    By Yo daddy4366
    I love the south I love crime novels I love to read This is a 5/5
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    By Yeparoo3
    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story line was engaging and the authors transition, between the characters youth and present day stories, was seamless. I thought about the book when I wasn't reading it and couldn't wait to get back to it. Great read.
  • Very good book, well written, good plot, and fast moving.

    By J24601V
    Fine author, well written mystery,fast moving, with a plot that holds together.
  • Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

    By Jenita Marie
    Great read! Entertaining the whole time.
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

    By pilates5
    Excellent read!
  • Wonderful

    By Ejfmt
    Highly recommended. So compelling I read it in two days. A must read.
  • Crooked letter. Crooked letter

    By Littlemissfiddle
    Sometimes cliche but overall a nice summer read.
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

    By Sexy223
    Fantastic Book! I could not put it down! I really loved the characters.