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)
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, American, Southern, Fiction

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

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    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
    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 ...
  • Jo
    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 ...
  • Randy
    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...
  • Kurt Dinan
    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...
  • Jeri
    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.
    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...
  • Tam
    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
    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.
  • Louise
    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.
  • Mandi
    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...
  • Rachael
    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...
  • Stephanie
    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...
  • Liz
    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.
  • Bracken
    [Review coming soon]
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    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.
  • Elaine Tomasso
    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...
  • Karina
    Earl Marcus returns to his birthplace, a very rural area in North Georgia, after rumours of sightings of his father(after his death )have reached him. He left this area, his father and especially a rather weird (we're talking ordeals by snakes here)and intense evangelical church community where his father was a very charismatic preacher and leader, some 30 years previously. Not much has changed,the church still has fervent followers, moonshine is...