Saturday, January 22, 2011
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
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' 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.
This novel kept me up last night, I just had to finish it. It is a rich Southern novel full of interesting characters with a brooding ominous atmosphere. This is more than a murder story it is a novel thats examines the relationships in a small town when tragedy occurs.
"Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" is a masterful novel, sizzling with deep Southern menace, and distinguished by brilliant plotting and unforgettable characters.