BIG YELLOW DOG
By J. A. Jones
Summary: In this novel, a Vietnam veteran returns home only to find his time filled with the problems of army buddies in the V. A. Hospital, the Indians of the nearby pueblo and the poker players, which include the theft of sacred artifacts, the murders of young Indian men and the enmity of witches.
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Sergeant Jack Kilroy returns to the United States after a year in combat and two years in a prison camp in Vietnam where he had led an escape and returned over a hundred internees back to U. S. lines, becoming a hero to his men. He takes his discharge in New Mexico and finds an isolated stream near Santa Cala Pueblo where he can fish and think, all by himself, but soon visitors begin to arrive: a Maine coon cat, the catís pretty owner, and an old Indian selling firewood. Others follow and soon he is playing high stakes poker in the back room of the local bar once a week. All he wants is a little time off, but his time is soon filled with the problems of his army buddies in the V. A. Hospital, the Indians of the nearby pueblo and the poker players, which include the theft of sacred artifacts, the murders of young Indian men and the enmity of witches.
John A. Jones spent three years as an army enlisted man during WW II, went to college on the G.I. bill and earned a B.A. in anthropology at the University of New Mexico and a PhD in anthropology at Columbia. He worked on Indian Claims law suits, taught anthropology at Arizona State University and Indiana University and was a Professor of Social Planning at Pennsylvania State. From there he went into community development in Chicago and became a hospital administrator In Las Vegas, New Mexico, retiring to write and play poker. Heís been married to the same woman for sixty-four years. His trilogy on King Arthur, In the Shadow of the Oak King, Witch Queen of the North and A Prince in Camelot, made best seller lists.
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