Image of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel


Image of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

Franklin captures the essence of a Mississippi town still struggling with race issues in the late 1970s in this moving portrait of lonely Larry Ott and his only friend, Silas Jones. Their complicated relationship is exquisitely realized. Much more than a mystery, this literate, evocative tale is a story of guilty secrets, hidden loves and, ultimately, of redemption, with characters who are so real they practically walk off the page.

Larry Ott, ostracized by his hometown for more than 20 years over the disappearance of a girl who never returned home after her date with him, is found shot in his house after yet another local girl mysteriously vanishes. Constable Silas Jones, Larry’s estranged friend from their teen years, must confront his own past while following a very crooked trail of clues. (MORROW, Oct., 288 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter