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Title: The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker
Genre: Humor/Satire
Author:  Fletcher Best
Publisher: Fletcher Best
Pages: 202
Language: English
Format: Paperback

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Dark secrets lie just below the surface of the small town of Lake Porker, Texas. The long-time, yet much-despised mayor has been keeping his job by means of rigging elections with the help of the town clerk, a highly respected woman who secretly happens to be the mayor’s dominatrix lover. The man that most of the town thinks is a successful stock day trader is actually a methamphetamine kingpin. His drop-dead beautiful and supposedly devoted God-fearing wife is not only plotting to kill him and take over his meth empire, but she’s having sex with everyone and anyone she thinks will be helpful in advancing that goal. The new African-American deputy is drawing the ire of the town rednecks and is secretly involved in a May – December romance with the sheriff’s wife. Then there’s Octavio, the oversexed freshwater octopus bred by the brilliant and lonely fish hatchery scientist who has trained him in the ways of pleasure and has taken him as her lover.

The giant octopus periodically escapes the fish breeding lab and roams the lake looking for other targets for his sexual talents, much to the confusing combination of arousal and horror in his victims. Octavio can’t be kept secret forever, and soon he attracts the attention of a cryptozoologist and documentary film producer and his intrepid cameraman out to make their next hit reality television special. All of this plays out in an absurd, darkly comedic romp filled with sex, drugs, and violence.

Welcome to the cold, sticky embrace of The Eight Fingered Fiend Of Lake Porker!


It’s homecoming for Abdullah “Abs” White.  The long-time Dallas police officer has moved back to his hometown of Lake Porker, Texas to take a job with the town sheriff’s department.  The return to Lake Porker is not really by preference though.  Abs liked his job in Dallas, but his widower father is getting up in years and Abs decided it was time to move back home so he could help his father as needed.

The African-American lawman knows that the transition won’t be easy.  Abs originally left Lake Porker right after high school because he longed for the big city where there was more excitement and less racism – at least overt racism anyway.   He’s prepared for the fact that there’s still a significant number of the townspeople who are not going to take kindly to a black deputy.

But there’s a lot that Abs isn’t prepared for.  Things could get pretty weird on the mean streets of Dallas and he thinks he’s seen it all in his years as a cop, but that’s about to change.  The sleepy little town of Lake Porker holds some deep, dark secrets, and Abs is about to run headlong into them!


I have to say this book was quite a surprise!  I’m not sure what I was expecting when I read the synopsis, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t expecting satire!  Now if you are like me and weren’t 100% sure what the definite of satire is, here it is for you:

Satire is a technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve the humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles. A writer in a satire uses fictional character, which stands for real people to expose and condemn their corruption.

A writer may point a satire toward a person, a country or even the entire world. Usually, a satire is a comical piece of writing which makes fun of an individual or a society to expose its stupidity and shortcomings. In addition, he expects that whosoever he criticizes improves his character by overcoming his weaknesses.

The author was right on the money with how he depicted the small town residents.  These characters could have been in any small town, but they were in Texas and since I’m in Texas and have lived in a small town in the past, I felt like I was stepping back in the past.  Sort of like when I saw Greater Tuna on stage.  I couldn’t help but laugh at the antics of the mayor and the sheriff and even BettyJo (BJ).  Helga was an interesting twist, she really wasn’t like the other towns folks.  I liked the interaction between the characters and how BJ was not beyond getting what she wanted by using her body.  I also thought it was interesting that (as like in a small town) everyone knew everyone else’s business, but there were a few that were still clueless.

We give this book 4 paws.


About the Author

Fletcher BestFletcher Best is an American author of humorous fiction and science fiction.  He is the author of the Stranded In Time series of science fiction novels, including Pirates of the Storm, The Corpornation, and the upcoming third installment, Timeless.  His humorous works include Sniffing Out Stink Ape, The Great Chupacabra Kerfuffle, and The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker.

In addition to his novels, Fletcher Best also writes short stories that are published exclusively for the enjoyment of visitors to his website,  These include the popular, Manatee Vengeance – Blood at the Boat Launch, Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse, Operation Black Friday, and A Fabulous Business Opportunity.

Born in Miami, Florida, Fletcher has lived in Texas since 1988.  He (or more correctly, his real-life alter-ego George Best) attended Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas before beginning a chiropractic practice in San Antonio in 1992.  He has resided in San Antonio ever since and now lives in sin with his girlfriend and their 4 cats (the sin being strictly with the girlfriend, not the cats).

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