The Tilted World: A Novel by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly is an eventful, action-packed mystery featuring bootlegging, romance, sabotage and other kinds of drama, set against the historic flooding of the Mississippi River in 1927. The story centers on Federal Agent Ted Ingersoll who, accompanied by his partner Ham Johnson, has come to the small town of Hobnob, Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who had been pursuing a local bootlegger. Adding intensity to the already exciting plotline is the fact that the characters’ lives are in constant danger as the rain causes the river to swell, threatening to create a flood so massive it could easily swallow them all up.
The romantic plotline involves Ingersoll and Dixie Clay Holliver who, unbeknownst to Ingersoll is the best bootlegger in the county and even worse, could have some connection the disappearance of the agents. Ironically, it is Dixie Clay who wants to adopt an abandoned baby boy that Ingersoll discovers in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, himself an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the boy a good home.
Considering Dixie Clay’s criminal activities, it would almost certainly be a mistake for her to get involved with a federal agent. But her longing for the kind and gentle Ingersoll, particularly appealing compared to her rakish first husband, temps her to risk her freedom for the chance at a meaningful relationship.
The critically acclaimed Tom Franklin has penned several novels, including the New York Times Bestseller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Co-writer Beth Ann Fennelly is an award-winning poet.