Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn
Andrew Henry has two younger brothers, who are always together, and
two older sisters, who are always together. But Andrew Henry is in the
middle--and he's always with himself. He doesn't mind this very much,
because he's an inventor. But when Andrew Henry's family doesn't
appreciate him or his inventions, he decides it's ...
This is Lee Child's Killing Floor, the first published Jack Reacher book.
Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in the town of Margrave, Georgia, because he remembers his brother mentioning that a blues musician named Blind Blake had died there. Much to his surprise, shortly after his arrival, he is arrested in a local diner for murder on the orders of the ...
"Miss Hinch", by Henry Sydnor Harrison as per this Goodreads discussion:
The story takes place on a train. A little old lady is talking to a clergyman about various crimes attributed to Miss Hinch ....
It turns out that the little old lady is a famous private detective named Jessie Dark and the clergyman is Miss Hinch in disguise. Miss Hinch ...
Sounds a lot like The Sign of the Broken Sword, a story in the Father Brown series by G.K. Chesterton. It's a short story in a collection.
It wasn't Custer, it was a fictional British soldier.
You can read it here.
Here's a quote:
Flambeau seemed suddenly galvanised into existence. "You mean," he cried hoarsely, "that General St. Clare hated ...
This is "Do you exist, Mr. Jones?" (alternatively translated as "Are you there, Mr. Jones?") by Stanisław Lem:
The protagonist, Harry Jones, is an auto racer.
During his career, he had suffered multiple injuries and had all of his organs, including his brain, replaced by luxury prostheses.
His brain, manufactured under the brand name &...
This is A Transit Rife With Perils by Gary Krist:
O’Hare! O’Hare! The word was like a dagger to his heart,
For everyone who traveled knew that name:
A Lotus-eaters’ land, where men flew in
But ne’er came out again,
A god-forsaken place that, Circe-like,
Turned even patient men to savage beasts.
I think this might just be the story "S.F." by T. E. D. Klein, which appeared in the "1st Orbit Book Of Horror" in 1976. A brief synopsis, from the Vault of Evil forum:
This is the tale of how in the future we'll all have metal helmets
welded to our heads that cause 'Selective Forgetfulness'. This means
people only ever have to own one ...