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The Tilted World

and Beth Ann Fennelly

3.84 based on 3307 ratings & 592 reviews on

26 September 13


From the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year

April 1927. After months of rain, the Mississippi River has reached dangerous levels and the little town of Hobnob is at threat. Residents fear the levee will either explode under the pressure of the water or be blown by saboteurs from New Orleans, who wish to save their own city.

But when an orphaned baby is found the lives of Ingersoll, a blues-playing prohibition agent, and Dixie Clay, a bootlegger who is guarding a terrible secret, collide. They can little imagine how events are about to change them - and the great South - forever.

For in the dead of night, after thick, illusory fog, the levee will break . . .

In the media

Both a crime story and a love story . . . The Tilted World would appeal to anyone who loves William Faulkner.
Peter James
A story of moonshine and murder but more than that, it's a story about absolutely engrossing characters whose lives take you over.
Val McDermid
It's amazing, a fantastic book . . . wonderful writing . . . why is this book not on a major prize shortlist?
Kate Mosse