He applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel The Yard Dog, the first volume in the Hook Runyon Mystery series, and reported the following:
From page 69:Read an excerpt from The Yard Dog, and learn more about the book at the publisher's website.
Finding a telephone in the waiting room, she dialed the number Major Dunfield had given her.
“Camp Alva,” a woman said, “may I help you?”
“Yes, perhaps. My name is Dr. Reina Kaplan, Special Projects Division. I’m to report to Major Foreman at Camp Alva in the morning. Might you suggest a place for me to stay the night?”
Thus begins Dr. Reina Kaplan’s first contact with the prisoner of war camp located in the middle of the Oklahoma prairie during WWII. Dr. Kaplan, a Jewish big-city transplant, has been charged with educating the five-thousand Nazi prisoners in the basics of democracy before their eventual return to Germany.
A bizarre cast of characters await her in this bare and stoic place. There’s Hook Runyon, the one-arm railroad bull who collects books and lives in a caboose, and Runt Wallace, his sidekick and purveyor of busthead shine. There’s Spark Dugan, the itinerant coal picker who lives in a shack under the trestle, and Bud Hanson, the local digger and part-time philosopher. And of course there’s Hugh Favor, the immensely rich and powerful oil man who is driven by his passion for art.
Soon enough Dr. Kaplan is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches into the highest echelons of the camp and beyond.
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