Heaven's Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus #1) by Hank Early

Heaven's Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus #1)

Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamental 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 E...


Details Heaven's Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus #1)

TitleHeaven's Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus #1)
ISBN9781683313915
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, American, Southern
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Reviews Heaven's Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus #1)

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    1970-01-01
    Earl left the mountains of North Georgia thinking that he would never return. He then receives news that the lady he calls Granny is dying and he owes her the respect of going to visit. He also receives a weird photo that shows his Daddy..postdated after his dad's death.Earl's Daddy was the preacher of the Church of the Holy Flame. He believed that God would strike you pretty much dead for everything. His word is law in the small north GA town an...
  • karen
    1970-01-01
    Some people can reform, and some people just get by the best they can with their flaws. I’m the second kind.this is the first book in a southern crime fiction series that i’m going to devour as soon as they are written. there’s a lot to appreciate here - good atmosphere and description, appealingly flawed antihero protagonist, southern gothic flourishes, and a little romance, if you’re into that sort of thing. it’s grit lit-adjacent by ...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    Earl was raised in the Georgia mountains ,son of a fire and brimstone preacher who was the leader of a cult like church who believed in the handling of snakes. A man who didn't believe in calling a doctor, believing it was up to God whether the person should live or die, even if that person is there son. Earl would leave home at sixteen, taken in by a wonderful, black woman, who he calls Granny. He would leave the mountains, vowing never to retur...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    “I had always wanted to believe in something. I still do.” Wow. What a beginning. As a teenager, Earl Marcus was desperate for the love of his father, a Pentecostal preacher in the hills of Northern Georgia. The kind of preacher that handles snakes and preaches hard core hell and damnation His father has a strict sense of right and wrong, good and bad. Earl lands on the wrong side of his father’s beliefs after he is bitten by a snake during...
  • Kurt Dinan
    1970-01-01
    I have no proof, but I think Hank Early may be the illegitimate son of crime writer extraordinaire James Lee Burke. In style, plotting, and philosophical musings, Early's first novel with haunted and reluctant detective Earl Marcus is the perfect fit for anyone who loves Burke's Robicheaux novels. Not that Early hasn't carved out his own literary space here. Set in the mysterious Georgia mountains, Early's created a perfectly crafted world of sec...
  • Jo
    1970-01-01
    Well, I'll be. Another hidden gem. I had not heard anything about this book before seeing it on Netgalley. I was immediately drawn to the cover, and then when I read the synopsis, I thought I would give it a try. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a 5 star read. I have always been fascinated with cults and how religion can warp and twist an individual. I thought Earl's thoughts and experiences were dead on. The characters were so well done, I felt ...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    i read this book in one sitting. the story revolves around a southern man named earl who returns home after 30 years having been banished for standing up to his religious & fanatical father. after receiving a cryptic letter indicating that his father has risen from the dead he heads home to see what is up. the characters are fabulous; his preacher father, the crooked sheriff, the overzealous followers, the mysterious midwife, among others. there ...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    1970-01-01
    I love stories set in the South. The mountains always have dark, and deep forbidding secrets. Heaven's Crook Finger is a story of a charismatic man who run a christian ministry in the Georgia mountains. It is about a family that is torn apart by misguided beliefs, setting father against son and brother against brother.Returning home after 33 years away. Earl Marcus is confronted with the death of his father and the impending death of the black wo...
  • Randy
    1970-01-01
    This was just one phenomenal book! Private investigator,Earl Marcus returns home to be with an old woman he loves and feels obligated to as she is dying. This begins a journey through a 30 year-old mystery full of guilt, shame , and his struggles with his his religious zealot father and his twisted congregation. With supernatural overtones, this is a haunting and compelling beginning to an excellent new series. This one is a must read and I can't...
  • Jeri
    1970-01-01
    Earl left the mountain town he was raised in thinking he would never, ever return there. When he gets word that the woman who helped him is dying, he returns but not just for her, but to also solve the mystery about whether his father is actually dead or has returned from the dead to continue leading his church. His father formed a church that handled snakes to prove their faith in God. When Earl was bitten and left to die or live he left. Earl's...
  • A.E.
    1970-01-01
    I don't say this very often, but if I could give this book six stars out of five, I would. Hank Early, one of the alternate names that writer John Mantooth uses, is a phenomenal writer. This book reminded me of a fusion between Tom Piccirilli and William Faulkner. It was eerily good. The pacing was fantastic, the mysterious supernatural elements were on point, and the strained family relationships as well as guilt and inner turmoil of the protago...
  • Mandi
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Side note, I stalk someone on goodreads. She reads (and loves) almost everything I do. So naturally when I saw she went gonzo for this book, I had to read it myself.It starts out SO. GOOD. The background in Earl's early years, his crazy-ass snake handling daddy, his turning away from the church - I mean, I couldn't put it down. And then.Then there is a mystery to solve. And hon...
  • Barry
    1970-01-01
    NOTE: This review originally appeared on New York Journal of Books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-...There’s a new name in the mystery fiction scene, and that name is Hank Early. And with his debut novel Heaven’s Crooked Finger, he is quickly turning heads and garnering much-deserved attention and acclaim.Heaven’s Crooked Finger is the narrative of Earl Marcus, a private detective. A childhood survivor of the abusive evangelical ways...
  • Jessica Bronder
    1970-01-01
    Earl Marcus is the child of a fire and brimstone preacher in a small mountain town in Coulee County, Georgia. RJ Marcus is a Pentecostal preacher that strongly believes in the word of God. When Earl is bitten by a snake when he is seventeen he is essentially kicked out of church, his home, and hated by everyone in town. Thankfully a midwife by the name of Granny takes him in and finish raising him.Year later Earl has moved on and now lives in Nor...
  • Kelly Kazek
    1970-01-01
    Put this book on your list, y’all. After southern literature, suspense and mystery are among my favorite genres, so I am always drawn to a combination of the two. Hank Early’s “Heaven’s Crooked Finger” was the perfect mix. It is set in the mountains of Georgia and Early’s description of the region is spot-on. The novel’s hero, Earl Marcus, who is to be featured in a second book, is an appropriately gruff, closed-off investigator who...
  • Tam
    1970-01-01
    Wow! What a series debut for Hank Early! The character of Earl Marcus was so vivid, complex and developed. He's a man at odds with the beliefs he was raised with and wanting to leave those beliefs, the memories of a zealot father and his painful past behind him. The plot was suspenseful, well-crafted and absolutely riveting. It was so easy to forget that this was a fictional story. At times, it felt like you had fallen into the recitation of some...
  • Luanna Helena
    1970-01-01
    Hank Early’s novel, Heaven’s Crooked Finger takes readers on a wild and unpredictable adventure through the rural Georgia mountains with detective, Earl Marcus, whose pursuit of truth causes countless enemies to relentlessly pursue him as well. This thrilling, and at times, chilling mystery, keeps readers guessing until the very last chapter.
  • Aliyah
    1970-01-01
    Very well-written suspense novel with thorough character development & surprising plot twists. This book is certainly a page-turner that I didn't want to put down. I am definitely looking forward to the next Earl Marcus mystery by Hank Early.
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    1970-01-01
    I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.
  • Raymond
    1970-01-01
    Rounded up from 4.5. Interesting story that didn’t hook me initially but then had me staying up late to finish. Looking forward to the next Earl Marcus story.
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    3.75 starsDefinitely not the last Earl Marcus story I'll be reading.This was a great first book,telling a story with twists,turns and religious nuts,without feeling like being bashed on the head with scene setting for future stories in the series.Earl himself seems like a big bold character,with enough baggage and compassion to keep me interested a while.A good mix of madness,brutality and mystery.Will welcome book 2.
  • Nathan Perkins
    1970-01-01
    Hank Early has a knack for suspense. There were a few times when I wondered where he was going and how he was going to tie everything together but I don't thinks there were any loose ends left. Heavens Crooked Finger takes place in a remote backwards county where corrupt leaders use religion, punishment and murder to control its residence.You'll find great characters, unique scenes and riveting suspense. The middle sagged a little for me and ther...
  • Wendy
    1970-01-01
    Wow! This is the first book for Hank Early and I can't wait for the 2nd. It was a fantastic read! When Earl Marcus is called back to the Mountain area he has left behind and tried to forget for the last 30 years, the plot takes on twists and turns that will leave you wanting to leave your light on at night. Well done Hank Early!!
  • Rachael
    1970-01-01
    Not only was this story believable, it was real enough that I almost felt like I was there in certain scenes. This was actually unfortunate during a not-so-fun scene involving snakes! With themes of relationships, family-ties, and even a little faith, this is definitely much more than just a detective novel (not generally my first choice for go-to reading material). My only wish would've been for more of Granny; I know she's lying on her death be...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    1970-01-01
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of Heaven's Crooked Finger, the first novel in a projected series featuring PI Earl Marcus, set in the mountains of northern Georgia.30 years ago after a rift with his family Earl left the mountains and his insular community for a new life in North Carolina. He has never been back and doesn't want to but when he gets a letter that Granny, a woman who helped him in the past...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    Hank Early's novel featuring private investigator Earl Marcus drew me in with the first sentence. Pretty much everything about 2017 works in some sort of odd collusion to destroy faith of any kind; it feels like there is little wonderment in this world right now, and Earl Marcus knows it. Marcus tells us that his religious faith was destroyed as a teenager, despite his desperate longing to believe and to thus secure his snake-handler North Georgi...
  • Diane Hernandez
    1970-01-01
    Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?Layers of secrets abound in Heaven’s Crooked Finger. 50-year-old Earl Marcus returns to his hometown in the mountains of Georgia that he left after a failed snake handling forced on him by his father RJ almost killed him at seventeen. RJ is recently deceased and was a fundamentalist preacher in a snake handling church he created decades ago. Earl’s brother, Lester, is running the church but there is talk t...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    A gripping story! This book is full of twists and turns that kept me interested from the first page. The characters are captivating; the plot is unique; the pacing is superb; the setting is appropriate; the writing is excellent. What more could you want in this entertaining read? Hope there is another Earl Marcus book in the future.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
  • Dusti
    1970-01-01
    It's known that I have trouble reading long-form fiction these days, but I devoured this book's delicious sentences in no time, and am hungry for more!With enough plot twists and turns to keep the story intriguing, recognizable & intricate characters, and a tenacious sense of place, this smartly-paced story kept me engaged.