Book List in Order: 12 titles


  • Growing up in the rural impoverishment of post-Depression Oklahoma, and surrounded by feuding family factions, free-spirited Jacob Roland hungers for knowledge and a world beyond his reach. But dark forces are growing in Jacob, twisting with the...



  • First, there was the canyon. Then, there were the people who came. Nod Blessing is the surviving heir of the Blessing Cattle Company, and he is making his way through the mysterious Cherokee Outlet. If he's going to transport his year's cash earnings...



  • In the American West, as the nation heals from the Civil War that nearly destroyed it, new battle lines are being drawn. Caleb Justin, orphaned and grieving, and his comrade Joshua Hart, a tough, worldly runaway, leave their home along the Ohio River...



  • They say a railroad is little more than a small town that stretches a thousand miles along a single winding thread. And like any small town, gossip is known to travel up and down the rail so fast it might as well be a telephone party line. So when a ...



  • Life couldn’t be worse for archaeology grad student Jim Hunt. Having lost his funding at a major midwestern university, and his partner, he desperately needs a breakthrough to revitalize his work and his life. Could a summer dig in map-dot Lyons, ...



  • Railroad bull Hook Runyon and his dog, Mixer, are chasing persistent pickpockets on the Santa Fe line, when Hook is called to investigate a malfunctioning wigwag signal in the middle of nowhere. A young man has been strung up there, hung from the sig...



  • FATAL TRACKS Rail yard detective Hook Runyon has been reduced to rounding up copper thieves at the salvage yard when he's called to investigate a body found on the tracks. The dead man, a sergeant stationed in the remote but critical Johnson Cany...



  • After a devastating fire at an insane asylum in California, Hook Runyon has been put in charge of security for a train that is to transport the survivors to a new destination. Hook hires a motley crew of World War II veterans to help, but things soon...



  • RAILROADED INTO MURDER… Nothing surprises Oklahoma railroad detective Hook Runyon anymore. Having lost his arm, fiancée, and once-promising future, he's pretty much seen the worst life can bring. Until his friend Spark Dugan is "accidentally" ...







  • On a fateful day in 1889, the Oklahoma land rush begins, and for thousands of settlers the future is up for grabs. One of those people is Creed McReynolds, fresh from the East with a lawyer’s education and a head full of aspirations. The mixed-bloo...



  • Ordered to establish a redoubt at Cimarron Crossing, military surgeon Doc McReyolds reluctantly leads his company to Deep Hole Creek, aware that a band of Cheyenne warriors is preparing to defend their territory to the death. Original....



  • Five people--Dr. McReynolds, Nurse Cromley, Corporal Renfro, Two Birds, and Lieutenant Sheets--band together amidst the war-torn hardships of the Oklahoma Territory to search for a mysterious treasure and brave the brutal and harsh frontier in order ...


Complete Series List in Order

A Hook Runyon Mystery

1) The Yard Dog (Sep-2009)
2) The Insane Train (Nov-2010)
3) Dead Man's Tunnel (Jun-2012)
4) The Hanging of Samuel Ash (Aug-2013)

Award-Winning Books by Sheldon Russell

Dreams to Dust
2006 Langum Prize for Historical Literature -- Historical Fiction
2007 Oklahoma Book Award -- Fiction