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Phil Truman

Phil Truman

Biography

I'm a native Oklahoman, born in the small town of Miami. Spent most of my life here in the Sooner State, except during my military time and a couple of brief sojourns to Texas and Missouri. I hold a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Tulsa. As a Vietnam Era veteran, I served with the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division near the Korean DMZ from 1967 to 1968. 

Fresh out of college I worked as a high school teacher and coach, but transitioned into the business world after a few years where I morphed into an IT geek. Slogged through that grind until 'retiring' in 2007 to become a full-time writer. 

So far, I have four books published, all novels, all set in Oklahoma, present day and past. I grew up in small-town heartland America, and feel very blessed by that. My books, I hope, reflect that. 

GAME, is a coming of age novel set in the fictional small town of Tsalagee the corrupted phonetic of the Cherokee word Tsalagi - CHA-la-gey). Treasure Kills, Legends of Tsalagee, set in the same town, was/is a branch into a different genre - one of mystery and adventure. Always a fan of westerns, and recognizing Oklahoma's rich history, I wrote Red Lands Outlaw, the Ballad of Henry Starr, a historical novel in the turn of the 20th Century Indian Territory and based on exploits of that notorious Cherokee outlaw. That was so much fun I followed-on with West of the Dead Line, Tales of an Indian Territory Lawman, a fictional account of perhaps the greatest lawman of them all: the ex-slave, black American, adopted Creek Indian, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.

I'm currently nearing completion on two more novels: Book 2 of the (proposed) Legend of Tsalagee series, and the first short novel of what I'm calling "The Jubal Smoak Mysteries." With the latter I'm combining my two favorite writing genres: western and murder mystery.

Books

West of the Dead Line: Tales of an Indian Territory Lawman

Phil Truman

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Ex-Slave, Creek Indian; a Feared Man with a Badge The Dead Line, as it came to be called, was a railroad cutting across the middle of Indian Territory. It ran straight south from Caldwell, Kansas to Fort Reno, I.T., then down through the Cheyenne and Comanche and Kiowa lands, crossing the Red River into Bowie, Texas. It was a line on the map, a demarcation. West of it no law existed, only outlaws. On trails out there, outlaws put notes on trees and posts to let lawmen know they'd be killed if they continued their pursuits west of the Dead Line.

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Red Lands Outlaw: the Ballad of Henry Starr

Phil Truman

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Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction
"A well-conceived yarn about one of the last of Oklahoma's horseback-riding outlaws. A good read." -- Dusty Richards, Spur and Wrangler Award winning author
"Author Phil Truman captured a slice of Indian Territory history and has woven it into an interesting period novel. Anyone who loves the history of the West will enjoy Red Lands Outlaw: the Ballad of Henry Starr." -- Tammy Hinton, author and winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Unbridled

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Treasure Kills: Legends of Tsalagee Book 1

Phil Truman

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Legends #1: A Treasure Hidden in the Cherokee Hills; It has a CurseWhen the murder of a local farmer dumbfounds those in the small burg of Tsalagee, Oklahoma, local legends Hayward Yost and Socrates Ninekiller suspect two renegade bikers who ride into town. Others in the community are drawn into the mystery - a Wiccan who moves to town to pursue her New Age lifestyle; her bumbling, socially inept boyfriend women can't resist; a young war veteran home to heal his physical and emotional wounds.

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GAME: an American Novel

Phil Truman

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Year in and year out the football powerhouse Hert City Trojans import a ringer to fuel their championship charge, but their luck is about to change. In the small backwater town of Tsalagee, first-year coach Donny Doyle knows the only way he can fulfill his promise to unseat the Hert City juggernaut, is to beat them at their own GAME. But in his own recruit, the mammoth and powerful, yet troubled and ominous Leotis McKinley, Doyle finds more than he bargained for. Truman's character-rich novel GAME spins an energetic tale around the intensity of small-town high school football in America. And yet, amid the fast-paced drive of the story, lies an account of the human spirit struggling through adversity and finding victory. Readers of any age or gender will feel the triumph, honor, and glory that comes from theā€¦GAME.

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