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A Spider for Loco Shoat

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  19 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 482 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Thorndike Press (first published June 1st 1997)
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Chrisl
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
page 247 quote:
"Pool shooters know that when a cue ball is stroked and begins to travel about the table, it comes in contact with other balls and sends them on their course ... that initial energy ... balls going in all directions ...
"You might compare the entire United States of America in 1907 to such a pool table, where all sorts of energy in the form of information was clicking and clacking along the railroad rights-of-way, or along the telegraph wires, or along the telephone lines, looking
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Jackson Burnett
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.
David
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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 however, as he manages to obtain a marshall's commission and starts nosing about.

The period flavor of this novel is about as full of flavor as the Lemon Meringue pies described therein. The reader is treated to a lot of neat details about clothing, new technology and its effect on the people, and l
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Sammcnair
Audio read, western murder mystery. Fear of spiders involved.
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