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Tom Franklin

USA flag (b.1963)
Husband of Beth Ann Fennelly

Author Tom Franklin was raised in rural southwest Alabama (Clarke County), a dozen miles from the setting of his novel, Hell at the Breech. He was educated at the University of South Alabama and the University of Arkansas. His first book was a highly regarded short story collection, Poachers. He has been published in The Black Warrior Review, The Southern Review, and The Oxford American, among others. His stories have been included in Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, New Stories from The South, 1999 and Stories from the Blue Moon Café. Tom Franklin has received a number of fellowships and is currently at the University of Mississippi at Oxford, where he lives with his family.

Genres: Mystery
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Dagger Awards Best Book winner (2011) : Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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