Red Lands Outlaw, the Ballad of Henry Starr

In the last years of the tough and woolly land called Indian Territory, the outlaw Henry Starr rides roughshod through the midst of it. A native son of “The Nations” he never really wanted to journey west of the law, yet fate seems to insist. Trapped by a false accusation in his teen years, 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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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 the midst of it. A native son of “The Nations” he’s more Scotch-Irish than Cherokee, but is scorned by both. He never really wanted to journey west of the law, yet fate seems to insist. He’s falsely accused and arrested for horse-thieving at age sixteen, then sentenced to hang at nineteen by Judge Isaac Parker for the dubious killing of a deputy U.S. marshal, but he 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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Hi, I’m Phil Truman and I like to call myself an Oklahoma novelist.

I guess I’m qualified to do that because I’m an Oklahoma native, currently have four novels out with two more in the works, all set in the Sooner State.

Way last century, before I started all this novel writing, I earned a degree in English from the University of Tulsa. I’m a Vietnam Era veteran and worked as a teacher and coach, but transitioned into the business world where I morphed into an IT geek. My wife and I live in the Tulsa suburban city of Broken Arrow where we’ve spent the past 35 years raising our family.

You’ll find my books cover a varying range of genres – American Western, historical fiction, action/adventure, mystery, humor. I would encourage you to give them a look – GAME, a ’70’s era sports inspiration novel; Treasure Kills, Legends of Tsalagee Book 1, a novel of mystery, romance, and adventure; Red Lands Outlaw, the Ballad of Henry Starr, a historical novel set in the turn of the 20th Century Indian Territory; and West of the Dead Line, a collection of short fiction based on the life and times of one the most colorful U.S. Marshals to ever wear the badge.