Just finished Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. The language, style, and atmosphere are reminiscent of old-time souther writers (think Faulkner, Harper Lee, etc.) while the subject matter is right in line with traditional southern literary themes.
In short, this was a great read. A mystery with descriptions so poetic I’d stop and re-read them, letting the words wash over me. Even though I guessed what was coming with the plot, I wanted more. The characters are finely drawn and remind me of people I’ve known in the past. Though this story is set in Mississippi it represents much of the small-town South of my childhood, which is both comforting and disturbing.
You’ll have to read the book to find out why!