CRAIG OF THE WELSH HILLS by Roy Saunders
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CRAIG OF THE WELSH HILLS

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A thrilling story of a Welsh Border collie, this is the story of Craig, bred of two champions, whose over-sensitive nature and immense power conspire to turn him into a vicious killer. Had Craig been trained at the proper moment his remarkable strength and intelligence might have made him a devoted sheep dog, but ignorance and accident drive him to the life of the solitary marauder as he roams the countryside driven by a blood lust, inevitably accompanied by a profound sense of remorse. His affection for a farmer and his child mark the single act of congeniality to a world of men which doggedly hunt, but cannot kill him. Neither an army of a hundred trained marksmen, nor a powerful golden eagle can vanquish Craig, who succumbs finally to the swift-footed cheetah, who has been brought in desperation from Africa to put an end to the massacre of sheep which appall the region. Swiftly paced, stark, and powerful, this novel at no time attempts to intrude upon the consciousness of the animal, but granting him his integrity, manages through external observation to endow him with a fascinating identity. A story of tragic intensity.

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 1959
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce