The authorTom Franklin was born and raised in Dickinson, Alabama. He held various jobs as a struggling writer living in South Alabama, including working as a heavy-equipment operator in a grit factory, a construction inspector in a chemical plant and a clerk in a hospital morgue. In 1997 he received his MFA from the University of Arkansas. His first book, Poachers was named as a Best First Book of Fiction by Esquire and Franklin received a 1999 Edgar Award for the title story. Franklin has published two novels: Hell at the Breech, published in 2003 and Smonk published in 2006. The recipient of the 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, Franklin now teaches in the University of Mississippi's MFA program and lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children The synopsisIn the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" 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 stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades. The reviewThis books starts very detailed. You learn abut practically every plant growing in a garden and the exact color of the sock the protagonist wears. This goes on for the first 80 pages making them a real struggle to get trough. I even had to start a second book not to get annoyed by it. But once the whole background is explained the story speeds up nicely.Due to the very detailed start the two main characters are very well described. The bound between the two man is written out clear too. The book is a nice puzzle. Though it gets easier to put the pieces together nearing the end and nothing really came as a surprise for me the developments in the story are steady and well worked out. Wont be the first book to come up in my mind when someone will ask me for a recommendation but if someone would ask me if they should ready it I will advice them to give it a go.