Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

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. 

 

Books in this Series

The Hanging of Samuel Ash
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The Hanging of Samuel Ash

A Hook Runyon Mystery (Volume 4)
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 middle of nowhere....

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Dead Man's Tunnel
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Dead Man's Tunnel

A Hook Runyon Mystery (Volume 3)
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 his dog, Mixer, are...

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The Insane Train
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The Insane Train

A Hook Runyon Mystery (Volume 2)
Sheldon Russell
St. Martin's Press

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The Yard Dog
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The Yard Dog

A Hook Runyon Mystery (Volume 1)
Sheldon Russell
St. Martin's Press

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About the author

Sheldon Russell

DR. SHELDON RUSSELL, Professor Emeritus, University of Louisville, and University of Central Oklahoma, is the author The Yard Dog, The Insane Train, and four previously published historical novels. He lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma.