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This powerful and gripping novel is set in the American deep South. Tom Franklin‘s award winning novel deals with issues of racial and gender inequality and the troubling desire of society to find scapegoats for crime in an exciting format: the classic American thriller.
The setting is rural Mississippi in the late 1970s. Larry Ott and Silas Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys shared a special bond and became secret friends. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. Was it murder? She was never found and Larry never confessed, but everyone thought they ‘knew” that Larry killed the girl. The incident shook the county and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken and Silas left town.
More than twenty years passed. Larry, a mechanic, now lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned to Mississippi as a police constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is suspected again. And now the two men who once called each other friends are forced to confront the past they have tried to bury under the shadow of a new murder.