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Tom Franklin

Autor(a) de Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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About the Author

Tom Franklin is the New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include Poachers, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk. Franklin co-authored The Tilted World with mostrar mais wife Beth Ann Fennelly. He teaches in the University of Mississippi's MFA program. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Associated Works

The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 450 exemplares
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contribuidor — 356 exemplares
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Contribuidor — 211 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 156 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Stories from the Blue Moon Café (2003) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (2020) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Alabama Noir (2020) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
New Stories from the South 1999: The Year's Best (1999) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Stories from the Blue Moon Café II (2003) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2005: The Year's Best (2005) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
A Cast of Characters and Other Stories (2006) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Alumni Grill: Anthology of Southern Writers (2004) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Surreal South (2007) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon 2015 Anthology (2015) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares


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Larry Ott is not popular in town of Chabot, Mississippi...most folks won't even look at him...but he's used to it as it's been a common thing for 25 years. In 1982, Larry, a white high-school student took his neighbor Cindy Walker out on a date, and she was never seen again. The whole town assumed Larry had killed her, but a body was never found, so no charges were brought, but the town still "punished" Larry, in despite there being no evidence of any wrongdoing. Larry was a mechanic that had inherited his father’s shop, but...no customers came. To survive he sold off parcels of the woods on his family's property to a timber company. Now, we move ahead to 2007, and we have another disappearance. This time it's the daughter of the timber company owner. While we’re taking all this in, a masked intruder shoots Larry on the porch of his house. He survives, thanks to quick thinking by one friend in town, Silas Jones. Silas is a black man and the town’s only cop, so we would have expected him to have had to save Larry. It's been a busy day for Silas. The decomposing body of a local drug dealer was found... a rattlesnake needed removing from a mailbox and the shooting which caused frequent flashbacks to Larry and Silas' childhood. We could have done with less of the flashbacks as they caused the story to slow way down which came as a surprise, since until the flashbacks the story had moved along smoothly. Silas and his mother had once lived in a hunting cabin in the Ott woods. Larry taught Silas how to hunt and fish until a racial slur ended their friendship. Silas was also involved in Cindy’s disappearance...which took a while to figure out how. The biggest mystery here, is what is happening and why. There are also several other happenings that just go unexamined. I couldn't quite understand why Larry hadn't just left town instead of living like a zombie and taking all the abuse for all these years...and why has Silas, after bigger assignments elsewhere, returned home to a low paying job and a town that never wanted him. The genera for this novel is listed as "Mystery & Suspense", but there is very little suspense in it...but there is a great deal of heavy-handed racial treatment.… (mais)
Carol420 | 253 outras críticas | Feb 6, 2024 |
Goodreads Crooked Letter, Crooked Letterby Tom Franklin (Goodreads Author), ( ) 3.83 Rating details   35,512 Ratings   4,552 ReviewsTom Franklin's narrative power and flair for characterization have been compared to the likes of Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, Elmore Leonard, and Cormac McCarthy.Now the Edgar Award-winning author returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far; an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades.… (mais)
bentstoker | 253 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2024 |
A predictable mystery. I did enjoy the way the character Larry was developed and it made me think a bit about jumping to conclusions and the repercussions of how we treat people.
hmonkeyreads | 253 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
This has been on the shelf since 2012. A story set in Mississippi (crooked letter, crooked letter) in a small town. Two men, one a constable and the other an ostracized man find their lives entangled. It is called a crime novel but it is also about small town prejudices.

It really hasn’t been that successful a novel but it’s okay
Kristelh | 253 outras críticas | Oct 7, 2023 |



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