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About Phil Truman
I'm a native Oklahoman, born in the small town of Miami in 1945. Spent most of my life here in the Sooner State, except during my military time and a couple brief sojourns to Texas and Missouri. I earned my bachelor's degree in English from the University of Tulsa in 1970. 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.
I have five 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 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. My 5th novel, "Dire Wolf of the Quapaw," is a western/mystery. It's the first book in a planned series called "The Jubal Smoak Mysteries."
I'm currently nearing completion another novels: Book 2 of the Legend of Tsalagee series.
My Website: www.philtruman.com
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Winner 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award
He’s been hot on an outlaw’s trail for months. But deep in Native American territory, he’s no longer sure who’s innocent and who’s a monster…
Quapaw tribal lands, new State of Oklahoma, 1910. Greenhorn Deputy U.S. Marshal Jubal Smoak knows he can either lay down the law or get stampeded. So after the gruesome murder of a young family, he relentlessly pursues the ruthless outlaw who gave him a bullet in the back. Trailing the man for months, he refuses to be put off the scent by foolish rumors of a mythical Native American monster.
Hunting his suspect through snow-covered trails, he learns the grisly string of deaths have also ravaged neighboring ranches. But when he gets a closer look at the mutilated carcasses and massive paw prints, he worries this case isn’t as cut and dried as he thought.
Can Smoak end the slaughter before more innocent lives are lost?
Dire Wolf of the Quapaw is the first book in the dark Jubal Smoak Western mystery series. If you like frontier settings, gritty characters, and Native American myths, then you’ll love Phil Truman’s twisted tale.
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He’s driven to catch a killer. But will this deadly, dusty manhunt be his last?
For Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, the long arm of the law reaches well into forbidding Comanche territory. Born a slave, his relentless crusade for justice has made him renowned for his sharpshooting and his unparalleled knowledge of the dangerous lands west of the railroad. So when a colleague is brutally murdered, Marshal Reeves ventures into the treacherous Wichita Mountains to hunt down the vicious outlaw…
Riding with his Creek Indian companion, Reeves’s unique skills are stretched to the limit in the unforgiving terrain. And in a final showdown with the culprit, even this tough law dog may meet his match.
Will the determined deputy bring back his man, or will a savage desperado fill him full of lead?
West of the Dead Line, Tales of an Indian Territory Lawman is a spellbinding Western adventure. If you like larger-than-life characters, gritty action, and journeys back into the lawless frontier, then you’ll love Phil Truman’s tale of justice.
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“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.
There’s something precious hidden in the hills. But everyone who seeks it never returns…
WWII vet Hayward Yost happily enjoys retirement in small-town Oklahoma, a million miles away from his war years. But when a buddy dies under mysterious circumstances and the police rule it an accident, the grizzled old-timer is convinced there’s something terribly wrong. And as rumors resurface about the legendary lost treasure of Belle Star, he digs into the case that looks more and more like murder.
With shifty characters circling the little community and a Cherokee fable of Bigfoot protecting the surrounding forest, Hayward vows to set a trap. But with the secret loot supposedly protected by a curse, he’s not sure who—or what—they’ll end up catching.
Can the impromptu amateur sleuth sort out fact from fiction before he becomes the next victim of Oklahoma’s weirdest crime spree?
Treasure Kills is the first book in the quirky Legends of Tsalagee mystery series. If you like unconventional characters, twisted plotlines, and crackling dialogue, then you’ll love Phil Truman’s spirited yarn.
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He’s in it to win it. But when he brings in a troubled teen as a ringer, is the price of success too high?
Vietnam vet Donny Doyle has a job no one wants: coaching Tsalagee High’s basement-dwelling football team. And despite the school’s decade-long record of failure, he promises to deliver the backwater Oklahoma town a state championship. But the only way to do it is to recruit a terrifying, mammoth kid straight out of juvenile detention.
Battling his own PTSD, Coach Doyle struggles to tame his ticking time bomb of a player into a disciplined gridiron beast. And after a fast five-win start, Doyle’s fears come true when a celebration-gone-wrong turns into a possible season suspension for his undefeatable star.
Can the gritty former Marine engineer a drive to the Promised Land before his entire squad self-destructs?
GAME, an American Novel is a fascinating insight into high school football. If you like deep character studies, winning against the odds, and the triumph of the human spirit, then you’ll love Phil Truman’s feel-good story.
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Here for you are the works of Robert J. Conley, a Western Writers of America Spur Award winner; W. Michael Farmer, a finalist for a Western Writers of America Spur award for best first novel in 2006 and a New Mexico Book Awards Finalist for Historical Fiction; D.B. Jackson, a winner of the Western Heritage Award and the Will Rogers Medallion Award; Doug Hocking, Jim Williams, Dave Fisher, Chris Perez, Jerry Guin, Wesley Tallant, Jim Williams and Phil Truman, writers who have their own unique story-telling talent.