Phil and George are brothers, rather than partners, co-owners of the largest ranch in the Montana Valley.
Phil is the brightest, George the most stubborn.
Phil is tall and angular; George is sturdy and quiet.
Phil is a brilliant chess player, a voracious reader, an eloquent narrator; George learns slowly and goes into business.
Phil is a vicious sadist, with a seething contempt for weakness at the height of his thirst for domination; George has a gentle and loving soul.
They sleep in the room they shared as children, and it has been for forty years.
When George unexpectedly marries a young widow and brings her to live on the ranch, Phil begins a relentless campaign to destroy his brother's new wife.
But he considers that without an improbable protector.
From its first visceral paragraph to its devastating twist of fate, The Power of the Dog will keep you in its grip.