THE CROOKED MAN'S MILE
An accused murderer by age six, a lonely runaway on the road by eight, Conner Connley loses his youth over the next three decades to alcohol and mental illness. Misery collides with good fortune one night, however, after the homeless drifter performs an incredible act of heroism.
Unexpectedly catapulted into the national spotlight, Conner is befriended by an idealistic young journalist who convinces him to return to the hometown where all his troubles began. Only there can Conner discover the truth behind the lies that have condemned him unjustly for far too long.
This isn't specific enough to hook my interest.