Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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Amos, Mississippi, is a quiet town. Silas Jones is its sole law enforcement officer. The last excitement here was nearly twenty years ago, when a teenage girl disappeared on a date with Larry Ott, Silas's one-time boyhood friend. The law couldn't prove Larry guilty, but the whole town has shunned him ever since.

Then the town's peace is shattered when someone tries to kill the reclusive Ott, another young woman goes missing, and the town's drug dealer is murdered. Woven through the tautly written murder story is the unspoken secret that hangs over the lives of two men - one black, one white.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a masterful crime novel, sizzling with deep Southern menace, and distinguished by brilliant plotting and unforgettable characters.

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'Larry Ott and Silas Jones are two of the most fully realized characters in recent fiction, and their story of a friendship lost and reclaimed is at the heart of this profound and profoundly moving novel. Lyrical, morally complex, superbly crafted, 'Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter' further validates Tom Franklin's status as one of America's best writers.' --Ron Rash, author of Saints at the River

'Do you know that kind of novel that you can't stop reading? Just one more page, you tell yourself, just one more page. The kind that you can't stop thinking about all day, that you rush through all your other tasks to get back to? That is the kind of novel Tom Franklin has written. 'Crooked Letter, Corooked Letter' is about love and guilt and death and redemption. It's about ordinary people like you and me, traveling through that extraordinary journey called life. I just love this book!' --Ann Hood

'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

'Beautiful writing, a spot-on sense of place, wickedly funny dialogue, and an emotionally potent story charge this highly original, literary crime offering from master stylist Tom Franklin.' --George Pelecanos

'Long after the other 75 novels of suspense you've read this year merge in your memory, you'll vividly recall this novel. Franklin has written not just a thriller of the first order, but a very fine novel, indeed.' --Richard Russo

'Lately I've been wondering why, in an age when every new novel is hyped as a revolution of one sort or another, the classic trifecta of talent, heart, and a bone-deep sense of storytelling so rarely appears. But here it is: Tom Franklin's 'Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter'. One of the many pleasures of this book comes from watching Franklin walk several writerly tightropes at once without spilling a drop of his warm Mississippi beer. It's a masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind.' --David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

`Tom Franklin's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter deservedly won the Crime Writer's Association Golden Dagger for the year's best crime novel...It's a dark, brooding, beautifully-written story of a cross-racial friendship dominated by two mysteries nearly two decades apart... Franklin's portrayal of small-town paranoia and racial politics is superb, as is his moving treatment of his main, damaged characters.' --The Times

"Elegantly plotted, deftly characterized, superbly written, not a word out of place."'
--The Guardian

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Universally lauded, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year

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