Crooked Letter, Crooked LettereBook - 2010
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vpl_booksjustforyou Oct 04, 2018
If you enjoyed the atmospheric and compelling thriller, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell check out this moody psychological suspense novel. In this story, boyhood friends come together again after the disappearance of a local girl, which is eerily familiar to an incident in their youth.
vpl_booksjustforyou Sep 16, 2015
Boyhood friends confront each other in adult life. They come together again after the disappearance of a local girl, which is eerily familiar to an incident in their youth. An award winning novel including the Golden Dagger Award for the best crime novel of the year.
vpl_booksjustforyou Aug 06, 2014
Two unlikely friends, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones, found their friendship shattered when the girl Larry took out on a movie date never returned home, a tragic event leaving him the town pariah. Though never convicted, Larry’s reputation never recovered thereafter. Twenty years later, another... Read More »
vpl_booksjustforyou Nov 26, 2012
A poor black boy, Silas Jones and a socially awkward young white boy, Larry Ott, are friends in 1970’s rural Mississippi. When a girl disappears after a date with Larry, he is viewed with suspicion by the townspeople. Years later, another girl disappears and Larry is again a person of interest,... Read More »
The Gold Daggar Award 2010. Boyhood pals in rural Mississippi, Larry and Silas formed an enduring friendship and bond growing up together in the late 1970's despite the disparity of their home situations. One night Larry takes a girl on a date, and she is never heard from again. Lives are changed... Read More »
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A nubile co-ed is missing from the same small, rural Mississippi town where another young woman had disappeared twenty-five years earlier—the mystery unsolved, her body never found. So begins Tom Franklin’s stellar novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
Socially-awkward Larry Ott was 16 years old when Cindy Walker, both beautiful and popular, asked him out on a date. That momentous occasion—at least through Larry’s eyes—was the point when his young life began a downward slide from which it would not recover. Walker was never seen again. Although no evidence was ever found connecting him to the girl’s disappearance, the townspeople unanimously convicted Larry without the benefit of any trial. Shunned and taunted, he became the local pariah.
Years later when Tina Rutherford also disappears, “Scary” Larry is the prime suspect. But there’s a major problem--Larry is discovered in his house with a bullet wound to the chest. Barely alive, he’s transported to the hospital where he remains in a coma. The popular theory around town is that Larry’s guilt precipitated his own suicide attempt.
Although he mostly kept to himself while growing up, Larry had had one important but short friendship. That friend, Silas Jones, known as “32” from his impressive baseball days, is the town’s deputy constable. As a teen, Silas had eventually distanced himself from Larry. When the second girl evaporates into thin air, Silas knows his former friend could not have committed the unthinkable crime. He also knows he must come clean about Cindy Walker’s disappearance all those years ago.
A “crooked letter” was a mnemonic device used to help children with spelling the difficult word Mississippi—m, i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, humpback (p), humpback (p), i.
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