A Spider for Loco Shoat: A Novel

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Thorndike Press, 1997 - Fiction - 482 pages
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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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The year is 1907, and the Indian Nation is about to become the state of Oklahoma, but most of the citizens of Fort Smith, Arkansas, just a few miles to the east, are far more concerned with the corpse ... Read full review


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