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Crooked Letter Crooked Letter: A Novel (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Tom Franklin

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Title:Crooked Letter Crooked Letter: A Novel
Authors:Tom Franklin
Info:Avon (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (2010)

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A satisfying mystery that spans two decades. Silas "32" Jones was a high school baseball star when a girl disappears after going on a date with outcast Larry Ott. The mystery is never solved and now 32 Jones, the town constable, is faced with the disappearance of another girl. Could Larry Ott be involved again? Franklin weaves the stories of the two mysteries together, revealing much about the events in the two incidents, but even more importantly revealing much about the people involved.

I listened to this one on audio, and the narrator, Kevin Kenerly, did an excellent job. The voices were distinct and matched my visualization of the characters perfectly. ( )
  porch_reader | Mar 3, 2015 |
This is a mystery that takes place in Mississippi. It seems to be an above average story. I believe I got this book as a free Kindle Ebook. There were grammar and spelling errors. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Feb 26, 2015 |
In 1970s rural Mississippi, two boys became friends despite their backgrounds. White, middle-class Larry Ott was an outcast because of his love of reading, especially horror novels. Poor, fatherless Silas Jones was save from the ostracization of being black when he excelled athletically. However, their fragile alliance was sundered Larry was the last person to see Cindy Walker before she disappeared. Twenty-five years later, Larry is still haunted by the past and shunned by the community. College educated Silas has returned a sports hero and become Chabot's Constable. When another girl goes missing, everyone remembers Cindy. Secrets, truths, responsibilities, and justice come tumbling out of Chabot's present as Larry and Silas begin to understand how their pasts have been interwoven. Franklin has written a fascinating study of character, race, and friendship. ( )
  ktoonen | Dec 4, 2014 |
I picked this book up based on the recommendation of a podcast I list to (Literary Disco--for those of you who don't listen, I highly recommend it!). Their discussion of this book had me getting it from my library as soon as it was available.

However the book was not quite what I expected from the discussion. It wasn't as mystery-thriller as I expected it to be, but it was a good, fun read that had me ignoring everyone and everything while I finished it.

It's got the prereqs--murder, a creepy guy everyone thinks did it, and a town full of secrets.

It's also short and easy to get through--so pick it up! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
I didn't expect this book to have a missing person, a dead body, and a shooting all within the first couple of chapters! I was reading it for book group, after all, and book group books generally don't have that much excitement. This book bucks the trend, however, since it also has a plot that centers as much on human relationships as it does on action. One of the main characters is Larry. Larry grew up in the small MIssissippi town where the book is set, but hes now an outcast. When he was a teenager, he went out on a date with a girl. Who disappeared. No one can prove that Larry had anything to do with it, but his tendency to read horror novels and his quiet nature doom him to a live of solitude. The other major character is Silas. Silas is black and his family moved to Mississippi when he was a boy. Back then his race didn't win him many friends, but now he has returned and is the town's constable. And now there is another girl who is missing, and Silas is helping investigate her disappearance. Everyone else seems to think Larry may have had something to do with it. But Silas seems to know more about Larry than he is telling.
I and our group found this to be an intriguing read, and we enjoyed discussing it. As you can tell, it has a bit of a mystery to it, and it help keep the reader's interest as the secrets were revealed bit by bit. What really made it discussable was the treatment of the characters, which lead to us talking about what motivated each one. I highly recommend this to fans of thought provoking mysteries. ( )
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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.
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For Jeff Franklin
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The Rutherford girl had been missing for eight days when Larry Ott returned home and found a monster waiting in his house.
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"...set in rural Mississippi. 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" --Publisher description.… (more)

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