A Hook Runyon Mystery

 

The Hook Runyon series takes place in the late 1940s in Oklahoma, Texas, California, and Arizona, and features one-armed rail road bull Hook Runyon and his mutt, Mixer. Hook has been crippled in a car accident and thus has not gone to war alongside many man of his generation. Instead, he has been hired by the railroad to catch pickpockets, deal with strikers and keep an eye out for hobos illegally riding the rails. Sheldon Russell has created an unlikely and unwilling hero who lives in an old caboose, collects rare books and has a fondness for moonshine. Hook is appealing in his outsider status, in his tough-guy stance with an intellectual and emotional backbone. Russell’s mysteries are tightly plotted, filled with quirky and layered characters, and abundant in searing descriptions of the American West as well as railroad lore. 

 

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The Hanging of Samuel Ash
The Hanging of Samuel Ash

A Hook Runyon Mystery

Sheldon Russell

St. Martin's Press

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...

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Dead Man's Tunnel
Dead Man's Tunnel

A Hook Runyon Mystery

Sheldon Russell

St. Martin's Press

Dead Man's Tunnel is the third installment in Sheldon Russell's 1940s series featuring yard dog Hook Runyon.Near the end of WWII, Hook Runyon, railroad bull, and...

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The Insane Train
The Insane Train

A Hook Runyon Mystery

Sheldon Russell

St. Martin's Press

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, alongside the head of the asylum,...

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The Yard Dog
The Yard Dog

A Hook Runyon Mystery

Sheldon Russell

St. Martin's Press

The Yard Dog takes place near the close of World War II, when a large number of Nazi POWs were incarcerated in camps scattered across the prairies of the United States. At...

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