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In the short stories, The Crazy Jug, The Pink Victorian Lady, Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners, The Conjurer, and The Rescue, Gert Carver and Nina Westacott meet an eclectic variety of characters as they trade-off collectibles and old bottles at flea markets and solve gentle mysteries involving neighbors, relatives, past students, farmers and hicks in and around the upstate New York community of Indian Falls. Gert and Nina are likeable protagonists, and Patricia Crandall has revealed a life unknown to most city dwellers. The following is a quote from a past review in the New York Times Sunday Review of books: "In the wake of 9/11 (and the terror attacks that have followed; e.g. Aurora, Boston and others too numerous to mention), Americans seem to crave the reassurance of straightforward tales about good people trying to live good lives, who believe in love and friendship, work and honor and charity, the prosaic but immense forces that dignify most of our lives."
Wyatt 10, and Hannah 11, uncover the dark world of illegal dog fighting when they trespass on a Vermont farm and peep through a barn window. And when crotchety old Lester Cranshaw’s dog, Paddy, turns up missing, there is no holding him back from investigating the situation and the kids join in. In the dead of night, after the trio are captured and held hostage at the Inglis’s farm, Wyatt will need all of his wits and courage to escape in order to save the lives of his friends. The Dog Men draws the reader into a tempest of animal abuse, lawlessness, and kidnapping within the confines of small-town happenings. It’s a chilling plot and a peerless relationship between kids, adults and pets.
Press Releases for - The Dog Men (2008)
Other Books by Patricia Crandall:
Patricia Crandall's story, The Crazy Jug, was chosen honorable mention at Creative Writer's Notebook
Short story, The Crazy Jug - Two friends, Gert Carver and Nina Westacott delight in bottle mining activities. Published in Writing on Walls IV 2012 anthology. Available at Mockingbird Lane Press. - www.mockingbirdlanepress.com
Flash Fiction story - A Recycled Body to be published May 28 at Apocrypha + Abstractions - firstname.lastname@example.org
Flash Fiction story, The Heirloom was published in Spring 2012 issue of Clever Magazine. www.clevermag.com