Crooked letter is the letter S. It can also stand for a snake, symbol of evil. In Mississipi, a young girl has gone missing and everyone blames Larry Ott. Years ago he dated a girl who disappeared shortly afterwards and though the body was never found Ott is perceived as a killer and ostracised. Ott had a black friend named Silas Jones and though they no longer are friends their lives will intertwine and the truth will surface changing the way they perceive themselves and each other.
A very atmospheric and well-crafted novel, more of a psychological drama than a suspense.