A Spider for Loco Shoat: A Novel
The summer of 1907 is beginning to settle on western Arkansas, and seven-year-old Jay Bird Joey Schwartz, resident orphan of a Ft. Smith bordello, has taken to spending his evenings in the National Cemetery, listening to the frogs and eating stolen pie. But when he tells the pretty ladies at home that he saw a fairy prince napping between the graves, and when the murdered body of one of Ft. Smith's most powerful citizens is discovered by the cemetery caretaker, Jay Bird Joey quickly becomes a witness in a complicated crime. Former Deputy Federal Marshall Oscar Schiller, the same cocaine-licking, nearsighted investigator who solved The Search for Temperance Moon, finds it odd that the sheriff's office is so quick to close the case and brush off Jay Bird Joey's observation - especially since the victim's mistress is nowhere to be found. Suspecting foul play, Schiller sets out in search of answers - and finds savage violence and the haunting interrogation of a killer.
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Review: A Spider for Loco ShoatUser Review - Goodreads
This is another fine "late-era" western (set in 1907 in Ft. Smith).. The hanging judge is gone and Oscar Shiller sits around thinking about the old days. A grotesque murder calls him out of retirement ...
Review: A Spider for Loco ShoatUser Review - Jackson Burnett - Goodreads
A Spider for Loco Shoat is an engaging and entertaining Western. Author Jones takes a creative approach to the genre, but in doing so often goes over the top and most of the typical tropes are followed. Read full review