Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Essay Tom Franklin’s novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a mystery novel that explores the story of a small town man and the horrific crime he was accused of, but did not commit. The book is set in the small town of Chabot, Mississippi. This small town setting plays an important role in the conflicts the antagonist, Larry, faces throughout the novel. The book opens in the year of 1979 and tells the story of a young girl who goes missing after attending a drive in movie. In 1979, one of the main characters, Larry Ott took Cindy Walker on a date to a drive-in movie. After their date, Cindy Walker was reported missing and was never seen again. Larry being the last person to have seen Cindy before her disappearance lead to fingers being pointed towards him when the time came to convict a murderer. The entire town shunned Larry because of this incident. Larry’s best friend Silas Jones (who is also referred to as “32”) is a Constable in Chabot, Mississippi. Silas and his mother lived in a small cabin on Larry’s property. That is how they became friends. The two boys however, were polar opposites. Silas was black and extremely poor and worked for everything he had. He was very athletic and outgoing. Contrary to friend Larry, Silas never had any problems making friends. Larry, on the other hand, always struggled to fit in. He tended to stay alone and due to this continuous loneliness, he was accused of murder. After this flashback, the book quickly rushes through 25 years of false accusation and ridicule Larry faced from his fellow citizens. When another girl goes missing, Larry is again falsely accused of killing her. As the years go by, Larry and Silas start to drift apart from each other. The town eventually uncovers the truth behind the mysterious disappearances of each of the two girls, and realize that Larry, in

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