Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Author(s): 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. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a masterful crime novel, sizzling with deep Southern menace, and distinguished by brilliant plotting and unforgettable characters.


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Shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction 2011

"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

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

General Fields

  • : 9780330533560
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Pan Books
  • : June 2011
  • : January 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tom Franklin
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 813.6
  • : 320