Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin
Tom Franklin is someone to watch. Though it offers a sad story, for my money, the book is just about flawless. People from rural Mississippi might feel that there's a bit too much South-bashing going on, a few too many slack-jawed yokels among the ranks. But it reads like poetry, and much of it rings true. The main characters are Larry Ott, who has been considered guilty of murdering a high school girl for decades and is therefore ostracized by the entire county; and Silas "32" Jones, a black constable who had been Larry's friend for a brief time in their youths. Larry's isolated peace is shattered when another young girl disappears, and again he is presumed guilty.