Southern writer Tom Franklin is the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. He has also won the Mystery Writers Association of America Edgar Awards for best short story and best novel. Franklin received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts. His previous works include Poachers, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk. Originally from Dickinson, Ala., Franklin teaches writing in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.