The oil industry cab be a cutthroat business, and no one knows that better than troubleshooter Bert Franks. As a consultant and a plenipotentiary for Vermilion Oil Company (the Houston-based firm owned by his adoptive sister and brother-in-law), he specializes in navigating the political minefields of the Middle Eastern nation of Yemen, where Vermilion operates a profitable oilfield concession. Bert spends his days dealing with the needs of the oilfield employees, maintaining contacts in the local expatriate community, meeting and socializing with government officials, even handling major negotiations — anything necessary to smooth the way for Vermilion’s interests.

When a minor contractual dispute spirals out of control, Bert finds himself at the center of a storm of corporate cupidity, government corruption a muckraking reporter, political controversy…and murder. His brother-in-law is dead, his girlfriend has vanished, Vermilion is on the brink of bankruptcy–and suddenly he’s a persona non grata in a country he’s adopted as his own. And the whole time, he never suspects that the real danger to all he cares for lies not in the Yemen desert, but much, much closer to home…





Randall Oliver is a lawyer semi-retired from a Dallas practice now living in the rural Louisiana community where he grew up. His only active client is his former father-in0-law dying of cancer but wanting to drill his last wildcat oil well in an environmentally sensitive Louisiana swamp. Environment activists, including Randall’s ex-wife, oppose the well and have enlisted Randall’s brother James, a candidate for Louisiana Lieutenant Governor needing to establish environmental credentials, as their spokesman. Why has James, a champion for civil rights all his life, brought a former Klansman into his inner circle of advisers? Has a radical environment group now resorted to murder to protest this well? What secret is Randall’s girlfriend hiding from her past that would lead to attempts on her life? The action in Yellow Dog moves from the Cajun country of south Louisiana to the piney woods of rural Washington Parish to the mountains of western North Carolina and to Highland Park, the posh upscale suburb of Dallas


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