Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

I love getting book recommendations from Grandma in North Carolina; she has a fun, eclectic taste in fiction, and a lot of our favorite books overlap.  When I talked to her earlier in the month, she told me about a new book she'd read called Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, a Southern mystery.  I immediately put it on hold at my library, and devoured it in a few days when it came in.
The story focuses on two men in Mississippi: Silas, a former high school football player and town constable, and Larry, who has been a town outcast since high school, when he went on a date with a local girl and she never came back.  Larry has always maintained his innocence, and Silas has always felt that Larry is unfairly blamed for the girl's disappearance.  When another teenage girl goes missing, all fingers point to Larry; will Silas back up his claim that he's uninvolved in the case?
Tom Franklin does a great job of capturing the moodiness and intimacy of a small Mississippi town; everyone knows everyone else, and secrets are hard to come by.  The two main characters are expertly drawn, and you'll find yourself feeling for both Larry and Silas.  It's a great, quick read that will certainly make the time fly!


  1. Glad you liked the book. I'm always soooo pleased to see my name appear in your blog!

  2. The story of a loner who finally makes a friend only to have their lives take very different paths. A predictable story that certainly keeps your interest but is never a book you just can't wait to read.