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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
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Tom Franklin lives in Oxford, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing at University of Mississippi.

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Tom Franklin lives in Oxford, Mississippi, and teaches creative writing at University of Mississippi.

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Edgar Award winner Franklin's (Poachers) classic Southern drama is more about the pathos of loneliness than the mystery that unfolds within its pages. Set in racially charged early Seventies Chabot, MS, it centers on an interracial friendship between two boys, Larry and Silas, whose lives are irrevocably changed when Larry is suspected of murder. Some 30 years later, when a local businessman's daughter disappears, the nightmare begins anew-this time, with devastating consequences for both men. Actor/narrator Kevin Kenerly captures the essence of each character; he is especially masterly in his rendering of Larry, from his frustration over having no control over the events in his life to his acceptance of a life of loneliness to his clinging to the faint hope of companionship. Franklin and Kenerly together create a marvelous character that will stand the test of time. With a tone and setting reminiscent of Faulkner; highly recommended. [The Morrow hc also received a starred review, LJ 8/10.-Ed.]-Valerie Piechocki, Prince George's Cty. Memorial Lib., Largo, MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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. --Library Journal (starred review)
[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. --Washington Post
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
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
A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind. --David Wroblewski
"[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."--Washington Post
"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
"A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind."--David Wroblewski
"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
"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
"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."--Library Journal (starred review)

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