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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel by Tom Franklin

By Tom Franklin

within the Seventies, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones have been boyhood buddies in a small city in rural Mississippi. Their worlds have been as diverse as evening and day: Larry was once the kid of lower-middle-class white mom and dad, and Silas, the son of a bad, black unmarried mom. yet then Larry took a woman to a drive-in motion picture and he or she used to be by no means visible or heard from back. He by no means confessed . . . and used to be by no means charged.

greater than two decades have handed. Larry lives a solitary, avoided life, by no means in a position to upward thrust above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has develop into town constable. And now one other lady has disappeared, forcing males who as soon as known as one another "friend" to confront a earlier they've buried for many years.

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The barrel was carried carefully to a neighboring field. " gasped Rad, and got a full breath again. "That was touch and go, sure enough," muttered Ned Newton. "Those overalls sure went to the wash, Boss," declared the foreman. "What was in 'em? " But Tom dropped down the ladder and went to his father. Their hands sought each other and gripped, hard. "Better not tell Mary about this," whispered Tom. " "Right, Tom," agreed the old inventor. "From this time on we cannot be too careful. If there proves to be an infernal machine in that package we may be sure that we are dealing with desperate men.

We cannot surround the place at night with an armed guard. It would cost too much. Even Koku cannot be everywhere. " "The fellow was pretty sharp to slip by," Ned observed. "The stockade is no mean barrier, especially with the rows of barbed wire at the top," said Mr. Swift. "Barbed wire! " exclaimed Tom. It was just here that Mr. Damon's idea for guarding his prize buff Orpingtons came into play in Tom's scheme of things. "Barbed wire doesn't seem to keep out spies," he added slowly. " For Tom to think of a thing was to start action without delay.

An Enemy in the Dark 29 Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive Eradicate was in bed and snoring under the roof, Tom knew. Just where Koku was, it would have been hard to tell. Although a fine and penetrating rain was falling, the giant might be roaming about the waste land surrounding the stockade of the works. The elements had no terrors for him. Tom locked his portfolio and stepped into his bathroom to wash his hands before retiring. Before he snapped on the electric light over the basin he chanced to glance through the newly set windowpane which had replaced the one Rad had shattered in escaping threatened impalement on Koku's spear.

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