Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Tom Franklin teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA programme and lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children.
WINNER OF THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR. 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's one-time boyhood friend. The law couldn't prove Larry guilty, but Amos' residents have 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 mystery is the unspoken secret that hangs over the lives of two men - one black, one white. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year, is a masterful novel, sizzling with deep Southern menace.
Old Texas, Alabama, 1911. Fernab und inmitten abgebrannter Maisfelder gelegen, leidet die kleine Gemeinde nicht nur unter den Folgen des Burgerkrieges. E.O. Smonk, ein schiewutiger, einaugiger Farmer, tyrannisiert das Stadtchen, insbesondere Dutzende Witwen und junger Madchen, an denen er sich vergeht. Als ihm der Prozess gemacht werden soll, kann Smonk dem Lynchmob entkommen. Doch es scheint eine Verbindung zu geben zwischen Smonk, dem geheimnisvollen religiosen Witwen-Kult und der Truppe um einen christlichen Hilfssheriff, der eine mordende minderjahrige Hure entlang der Golfkuste verfolgt. Auf den Spuren von Faulkner und McCarthy kombiniert US-Autor Tom Franklin Elemente des Southern Gothic und des Western noir und legt in seiner Groteske die Wurzeln der angezhlten amerikanischen Nation blo die nicht selten Freiheit mit dem Recht des Strkeren assoziert.
In a small Mississippi town, two men are torn apart by circumstance and reunited by tragedy in this resonant new novel from the award-winning author of the critically-acclaimed Hell at the Breech. Larry Ott and Silas "e;32"e; Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother-their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again. Her stepfather tried to have Larry arrested but no body was found and Larry never confessed. The incident shook up the town, including Silas, and the bond the boys shared was irrevocably broken. Almost thirty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence in Chabot, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion, the looks of blame that have shadowed him. Silas left home to play college baseball, but now he's Chabot's constable. The men have few reasons to cross paths, and they rarely do-until fate intervenes again. Another teenaged girl has disappeared, causing rumors to swirl once again. Now, two men who once called each other friend are finally forced to confront the painful past they've buried for too many years.