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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Publishers Weekly. 257.24 (June 21, 2010): p29.
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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Tom Franklin. Morrow, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-059466-4

Franklin's third novel (after Smonk) is a meandering tale of an unlikely friendship marred by crime and racial strain in smalltown Mississippi. Silas Jones and Larry Ott have known each other since their late 1970s childhood when Silas lived with his mother in a cabin on land owned by Larry's father. At school they could barely acknowledge one another, Silas being black and Larry white, but they secretly formed a bond hunting, fishing, and just being boys in the woods. When a girl goes missing after going on a date with Larry, he is permanently marked as dangerous despite the lack of evidence linking him to her disappearance, and the two boys go their separate ways. Twentyfive years later, Silas is the local constable, and when another girl disappears, Larry, an auto mechanic with few customers and fewer friends, is once again a person of interest. The Southern atmosphere is rich, but while this novel has the makings of an engaging crime drama, the languid shifting from present to past, the tedious tangential yarns, and the heavy-handed reveal at the end generate far more fizz than pop. (Oct.)

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"Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter." Publishers Weekly, 21 June 2010, p. 29. Academic OneFile, http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA229834643%2FAONE%3Fu%3Dcher61434%26sid%3DAONE%26xid%3D36eb7f78. Accessed 16 Oct. 2018.

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