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Red Lands Outlaw: the Ballad of Henry Starr

$4.99

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

"Truman's storytelling shines throughout..." -- Kathleen Rice Adams, Western Fictioneers

In the last years of the tough and woolly land called Indian Territory, and the first of the new state of Oklahoma, the outlaw Henry Starr rides roughshod through its midst. A native son of "The Nations" he's more Scotch-Irish than Cherokee, but scorned by both. Never really wanted to journey west of the law, yet fate seems to insist. He's falsely accused of horse-thieving at sixteen, sentenced to hang for murder at nineteen by Judge Isaac Parker, but escapes the gallows on a technicality. Given that opportunity, the charming, handsome, mild-mannered Henry Starr spends the rest of his life becoming the most prolific bank robber the West has ever known.

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Phil Truman

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.

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