Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
The writing is what kept me reading, though. Spare and beautiful. Every description creative and unique. The dialogue spot-on Southern.
And then I got into the story and couldn't stop reading. Larry Ott has been ostracized for 25 years because he was considered the main suspect in the disappearance of Cindy Walker. No body or evidence was ever found so he was never formally charged. However, in the eyes of his neighbors, he was guilty.
Silas Jones is a black police officer (the only officer, in fact) in the small Mississippi town where this story takes place. As a child, he was friends with Larry for a brief time. Now, another girl has disappeared and, of course, Larry is the first person everyone thinks of.
In poignant flashbacks Larry's and Silas's stories are revealed and the intertwining of their lives becomes obvious. I didn't much care for either of them at the beginning but, by the time the story ended, I was a fan.
And those C names? They all became clear.