Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter ~
Genre: Adult Fiction/Mystery
Publisher: William Morrow
The sixties have come and gone for the rest of the United States but down in Mississippi, things take a while to trickle down. The deep south is riding along on the coat-tails of ’72, sun in the sky, boys on the battle field and the ball field, high school kids harassing each other and being harassed by parents.
It isn’t all about free-love, though. It’s hardly about free anything, even friendship. It certainly isn’t about love. Race, rum and relatives, somehow always seem to knock good things out of whack and the fun comes to a literal dead halt when a local gal goes missing.
It would be an easy-to-swallow case of a small town girl done run off to the big city but for the fact that she had been out the night before with the village idiot, high school recluse and big time weirdo, Scary Larry. The body was never found. Larry never confessed. Still, the town saw his life go up in smoke in association with the loss.
Twenty year later, Silas “32” Jones, Larry’s long ago friend has moved back into town, running with the law enforcement crowd, digging up dirt on a brand new M.I.A. case. The town instantly fingers Larry but Silas is out to prove that it’s not always the creepy guy who lives alone, who was once accused of a very similar crime.
Fresh on the heels of two back to back crime busting novels by my all time favorite Irish gal, I think I came to this book at the wrong time. Don’t take this as a down and out bust; it has great rhythm, three dimensional, original, plot-carrying folks written into the story and nitty-gritty plot twists that will hold from beginning to end. I just have to whine about it being my second choice for the Edgars, against Faithful Place. But then, that should come as a surprise to no one.