A Crab, a Rustler, and an Ostrich: A Short Story

      Edward J. McFadden
A Crab, a Rustler, and an Ostrich: A Short Story

It’s just another sunny day in Middleburrow, Florida, when Deputy Sheriff Jake Santo is called to investigate the discovery of a severed finger on a tourist beach. Things only get stranger as reports of an ostrich causing havoc in town leads to an investigation of animal cruelty, greed, and power. Everyone seems to be in on it, but can Santo locate the nine-fingered man before the staties arrive?It’s just another sunny day in Middleburrow, Florida, when Deputy Sheriff Jake Santo is called to investigate the discovery of a severed finger on a tourist beach. Things only get stranger as reports of an ostrich causing havoc in town leads to an investigation of animal cruelty, greed, and power. Everyone seems to be in on it, but can Santo locate the nine-fingered man before the staties arrive and things get out of hand? Join Deputy Sheriff Santo as he wrestles with a crab, a rustler, and an ostrich. Praise for Ed’s novel, Our Dying Land: “Our Dying Land is a thrilling dark fantasy with a unique premise and intriguing characters. Eco-horror at its finest! – Tim Waggoner, author of BONE WHISPERS "Our Dying Land is not a standard fantasy quest: author McFadden blends in hints of his own background writing horror, as well as science fictional tropes. The whole combines to give a satisfying view of what may be lurking just under our feet." --SFscope.com "Our Dying Land has a nice blend of mystic realism, hard sf, and fantasy elements that work well together to drive a thoroughly SFnal plot. A socially relevant book that still manages to be entertaining." - Bud Sparhawk, author of VIXEN and THE COMPLETE SAM BOONE Praise for Ed’s novel, The Black Death of Babylon: A fun, dark, globe-hopping adventure that's part action thriller, party mystery, and part atmospheric horror tale. There's something here in Ed McFadden's novel for everybody." --Tom Piccirilli, author of THE LAST KIND WORDS, two time International Thriller award winner, and four time Bram Stoker award winner. The Black Death of Babylon is a riveting murder mystery drawing upon the enigmatic elements of Fringe or The X-Files. And yet, Edward Mcfadden finds a way to make everything happening in this book truly believable. The plot is fascinating for what it reveals about the behind the scenes workings of brilliant scientists who’ve let their experiments get the best of them. The story is beautifully written—this allows seasoned fans of mystery, horror, and SF to find this book irresistibly hard to put down. --Michael Laimo, author of DEAD SOULS and DEEP IN THE DARKNESS.

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