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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
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Dec 05, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

Maybe 3.5 stars. This is a really good suspense novel and has wonderful characterization in it. Unfortunately, the overt racism, however essential to the plot it may be, left a bad taste in my mouth. Yes it was important to portray the racism in this small southern town. Yes, racism played a big part in the plot and was in fact almost another character in the story. It just seemed at times though, superfulous and overstated.

This nicely plotted and paced novel is the story of Larry Otto. Larry is the town pariah and suspected, for over 20 years, in the death and disappearance of a local girl. When another girl goes missing it brings the situation to a head.

I flew threw this suspense novel, only stopping to wince at the above named issues with some of the author's references. I would recommend it, but of course with reservations and not for those who can't stomach the references to racism.


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