Tom Franklin

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Genre(s) Crime Fiction Fiction Romance

Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include the Edgar-winning story, Poachers, from the collection under the same title, as well as Hell at the Breech, and Smonk. Winner of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Book Title: The Tilted World

The year is 1927, and Hobnob, Mississippi is drowning. It’s been rain on rain for days, and the people of this modest town in corn country, population 3,244, are growing reckless, jobless, hopeless. The national headlines of the day reflect a dire state: “Seven more die in flood along the Mississippi…Additional levees broke today on both the Missouri and Illinois shores…Somebody’s house passed through Memphis today en route to the Gulf of Mexico.” Commerce Secretary, Herbert Hoover, in charge of flood relief for President Coolidge, has been courting the press and has his eyes firmly set on the White House. But, when the mysterious disappearance of two federal revenue agents in Hobnob threaten the momentum of Hoover’s positive news cycle, he sends fellow agents and long-time partners Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson, on a mission to sniff out rumors of moonshining and foul play.

Set against the rich backdrop of Prohibition-era lawbreakers and one of the most harrowing, yet largely forgotten, natural disasters in American history, The Tilted, a soulfully written tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge—and a man and a woman who find unexpected love—from New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin, and his wife, Pushcart Prize winning poet, Beth Ann Fennelly.