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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin

Set in rural Mississippi, a land of magnolias, kudzu, and lob-lolly pines, this is a mystery novel with two narrators, "Scary Larry" Ott, who has had no friends for 25 years, and his former friend, Silas Jones. 

 

Larry Ott was a lonely boy in 1982, when his first date ended in disaster (the girl disappeared, and although he was never arrested, he was found guilty in the court of local public opinion), and now is a lonely man.  He runs his late father's auto shop, where no one stops, visits his mama at the local nursing home on her "good" days, and takes care of the chickens.  And reads more than anyone else in town, and possibly the entire county.

 

His former friend, Silas "32" Jones (his old baseball number at the high school) is the town constable, where his duties include stopping trespassing in the woods owned by the local lumber mill, writing traffic tickets, and fishing snakes out of mailboxes.

 

Then another girl disappears.  Did Larry do it?  Did Larry even do the first crime?  What is Silas on the run from, within himself?

 

I really enjoyed this one.  Narrators alternate, and much is told in flashbacks.  A very atmospheric mystery, and not a cookie-cutter one.