chrispugliese, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by chrispugliese)
this book is absolutely riveting story telling, and completely absorbed me from the first page. The characters are compelling and so realistically drawn, you can hear their voices speaking. The story is alternately comical and heartbreaking, and the ending is extremely satisfying. While completely Southern in scenery and characters, it's a story for everyone everywhere, reminding us that we are all truly connected in myraid ways.
by Dennis Lehane,
"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."
by Library Journal (starred review),
"A ripping good mystery, this novel also has depth and a subtle literary side, as the local area comes to life through the writer's cinematic descriptive phrases and a large and colorful cast of supporting characters. Highly recommended."
by George Pelecanos,
"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."
by Richard Russo,
"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."
by Washington Post,
"[A] terrific new novel....If you're looking for a smart, thoughtful novel that sinks deep into a Southern hamlet of the American psyche, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is your next book."
by David Wroblewski,
"A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind."
by Harper Collins,
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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