There's a plot of sorts buried under the animal and Indian lore in this new story about veterinarian-sleuth Gordon Christy (The Doberman Wore Black), but it's only marginally apparent. Christy is asked by Navajo geologist friend Sam Benally to help track down a killer animal blamed for the death of wealthy, eccentric rancher Hugh Fawkes, whose New Mexico lands border Sam's old reservation home and where long-lived superstitions have revived witchcraft accusations against Sam's family. It turns out that Fawkes lived alone after a series of marriages, some to indian women, and now the claim to his estate by daughter Eleanor is being challenged by half-breed son Eli Tom. Bianca Wilson, who runs a tiny local zoo with husband Brad, is another half-Indian child of Fawkes'--a well-kept secret. Meanwhile, Christy struggles with personal problems--rich girlfriend Karen; a sudden fear of dogs--and Eli Tom becomes a second bloody victim. Here, the end comes with the setting of a trap that works--but it comes much too late for the reader without an insatiable appetite for unending details of canine ills, injuries and therapies.