Eerie, intense, and masterfully-crafted, Hank Early’s gripping series debut Heaven’s Crooked Finger transports readers to a secretive community in the Georgia mountains.
Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamentalist rule of his father RJ’s church—a church built on fear, penance, and the twisting, writhing mass of snakes. But then an ominous photo of RJ is delivered to Earl’s home. The photograph is dated long after his father’s burial, and there’s no doubt that the man in the picture is very much alive.
As Earl returns to Church of the Holy Flame searching for the truth, faithful followers insist that his father has risen to a holy place high in the mountains. Nobody will talk about the teenage girls who go missing, only to return with strange tattoo-like marks on their skin. Rumors swirl about an old well that sits atop one of the mountains, a place of unimaginable power and secrets. Earl doesn’t know what to believe, but he has long been haunted by his father, forever lurking in the shadows of his life. Desperate to leave his sinful Holy Flame childhood in the past, Earl digs up deeply buried secrets to discover the truth before time runs out and he’s the one put underground in Heaven’s Crooked Finger, Hank Early’s thrilling series debut.
Praise for Heaven’s Crooked Finger:
"Can the dead come back to life?...Heaven's Crooked Finger has action, suspense and a cracking good mystery."
―Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Violent Crimes and The Third Victim
"A twisty, page-turning, modern southern Gothic that packs an emotional wallop...The real deal."
―Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"A first-class mystery―gripping, atmospheric, and tense from beginning to end. Hank Early's storytelling is truly outstanding."
―Andrew Grant, author of False Friend
"Hank Early's Heaven's Crooked Finger grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. Evocative place writing, memorable-as-hell characters, sentences that hum, great pacing, and a strutting brutality. Early's a writer of great power."
―William Boyle, author of Gravesend
“A Southern Gothic detective story that will long leave readers catching their breath. This one leaves a mark. Early writes like kudzu: The seed drops in the first chapters. The reader should run, lest they soon find themselves entangled, unable to wrest themselves free.”
―Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags, Hashtag, and What We Reckon