Luling, Texas, once known as the “Toughest Town i n Texas,” gets tougher when all hell breaks loose in this second installment of the Tom Seiler mystery trilogy by Jack Grubbs. The Dryline opens with Tom Seiler helping his brother, Don, with the ﬁnal design of an oil extraction system potentially worth billions. When one of Don’s workers is found dead on the outskirts of Luling, a chain of events pits the brothers against a group of ruthless oilmen bent on stealing the patent to their design. Surrounded by danger, Tom and Don have no option but to ﬁght for the system—and their lives. Set among the gentle, rolling hills of South Texas, The Dryline explores the vagaries of nature, the one-of-a-kind Luling Watermelon Thump, and the struggle between justice and revenge. The ending, vicious and lightning-quick, will leave the reader parched—ready to drink deep from the font of Grubbs’s imagination.