Thomas C. Hinkle. Vic, a big black dog, is befriended by eleven-year-old Gene. Vic does not trust grown men because of being mistreated numerous times. Gene tries to win Vic’s trust so that he will come live at the ranch house with Gene, his brother Jim, and his ranch hands. Can Gene prove that Vic is not the dog that is killing the cattle? After being shot at, Vic runs away. Will Gene ever see him again? Ages 9-15. 192 pages; paper; Lone Oak Books.