Beijing Books: China
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Random House Korea: Korea
Ten Points: Taiwan
A literary thriller that has won more awards than any novel represented by Sobel Weber Associates. As a crime novel, CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER won the L.A. Times Prize in the Mystery/Thriller category, was nominated for an Edgar Award as best novel of the year, and is one of only three novels nominated for the U.K.’s prestigious Golden Dagger Award. And as a literary novel, CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER won the 2011 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.
Twenty years before the novel’s action, a young woman disappeared from a small Mississippi town after a date with Larry Ott. Though no body was ever found, the town has always suspected that Larry murdered her, and he has lived as an outcast. Now, as the novel opens, another young woman has gone missing. The sheriff goes to question Larry, and finds him brutally beaten, and in a coma.
When the body of the second missing woman is discovered, buried on Larry’s property, the authorities are convinced that he is the killer of both women. As the town’s only police officer, Silas Jones, a childhood friend of Larry’s, begins to put the pieces together, he uncovers a fateful secret from the past that involves them both.
What the novel’s two central characters discover about each other is as compelling as the novel’s mystery plot.