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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
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Sep 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, adult
Read in August, 2011

Two characters in rural Mississippi with totally different lives collide in this book that begins in the 70's and concludes in the present. Larry,who is white and a social outcast in high school, manages to get a date with his neighbor shocking everyone including himself. Silas, a popular African American athlete in high school, seems to have very little if anything in common with Larry until the story begins to unfold. The girl Larry takes out on a date vanishes the night of the date and with no evidence he is never convicted of having anything to do with the disappearance but is tried in the court of popular opinion and is sentenced to a life of suspicion, taunts, and isolation. In fact his entire family bears the brunt of his punishment by the fellow citizens of their small hometown. Flash forward to the present and another girl vanishes and once again Scary Larry is under suspicion even after being found shot by what seems a self inflicted gunshot. Silas or 32 as he is known is now in law enforcement and finds himself investigating Larry's case. Their stories are not at separate as they seem and the things they have in common turn out to be very important.
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