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Crooked letter, crooked letter
Tom Franklin
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Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
Rather than racing, the suspense slowly simmers in the background of this novel of two childhood friends, one black, one white, whose lives are changed forever when one is accused of killing a girl in their small town. The writing is reminiscent of Dennis Lehane or Stephen King when he's not writing horror. Larry Ott, the accused young man who grows old while the whole town silently convicts him (and calls him "Scary Larry")--whose mother prays every night that he will someday have "a special friend"--is an unforgettable character.
posted Jan 7, 2011 at 10:10AM
Amy L. said:
When a young woman goes missing in rural Mississippi, all the locals suspect that "Scary Larry" killed her. Everyone except Silas, who used to be Larry's childhood friend, even though Silas is black and Larry is white. Now that he is the Constable, Silas has to decide how much he is willing to risk and how many dark secrets he is willing to uncover to prove Larry's innocence.
posted Nov 4, 2011 at 3:26PM
Melanie Ringstrom said:
A powerful and wonderful book. Grabs you from behind and does not let go until long after you have finished. Enjoy this one!
posted Nov 5, 2011 at 10:51PM
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main characters Larry Ott
Male
White
Grew up in a middle-class family; best friends with Silas; a girl went missing on a date with him when he was in high school; her stepfather accused him of murdering her, but he was never arrested; never able to rise above the town's suspicions.
Auto mechanic

Silas "32" Jones
Male
African American
Mother raised him on her own; left hometown to play college basketball, but has recently returned.
Police constable



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