Tom Franklin is an American author of Southern literature and crime fiction novels. Tom was born and raised in Alabama. He earned his B.A. from the University of South Alabama and M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. While being a struggling writer, he worked as a heavy-equipment operator in a grit factory, a construction inspector in a chemical plant and a clerk in a hospital morgue. Tom lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children.

Tom Franklin made his debut as a published author with the short story collection Poachers. In 2003, he published his debut novel, Hell at the Breech. Below is a list of Tom Franklin’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hell at the Breech(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Smonk(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tilted World(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Poachers(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Alumni Grill(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mississippi Noir(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


Notes: The Tilted World was written with Beth Ann Fennelly. The Alumni Grill was edited with Beth Ann Fennelly.

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Tom Franklin Synopsis: Hell at the Breech is a standalone title by Tom Franklin. In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends – who were largely poor cotton farmers – form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe responsible. The hooded members wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates in a massacre where the innocent suffer alongside the guilty. Caught in the maelstrom of the Mitcham war are four people: the aging sheriff sympathetic to both sides; the widowed midwife who delivered nearly every member of Hell-at-the-Breech; a ruthless detective who wages his own war against the gang; and a young store clerk who harbors a terrible secret.

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