West of the Dead Line, the Complete Series

The Dead Line was a railroad cutting across the middle of Indian Territory. It was a line on the map, a demarcation. West of it there was no law, only outlaws. On trails out there, notes would be put up on trees and posts letting lawmen know they’d be killed if they continued their pursuits west of the Dead Line.

In the storied history of the American West, no place comes close to matching the dangers lawmen faced doing their jobs. Those who survived became titans in the legends of the West, particularly one man called Bass Reeves. These stories are fiction, but the encounters this lawman faced, and The Dead Line, were not.

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The Dead Line, as it came to be called, was a railroad, the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, cutting across the middle of Indian Territory. It ran straight south from Caldwell, Kansas to Fort Reno, I.T., then on down through the Cheyenne and Comanche and Kiowa lands, crossing the Red River into Bowie, Texas. It was a line on the map, a demarcation. West of it there was no law, only outlaws. On trails out there, notes would be put up on trees and posts, sort of reverse wanted posters, letting lawmen know they’d be killed if they continued their pursuits west of the Dead Line.

Throughout the 225 years of the U.S. Marshals Service, over 200 deputies have been killed in the line of duty. Of those, more than 120 lost their lives in the Indian and Oklahoma Territories between 1850 and Oklahoma statehood in 1907.

In the storied history of the American West, no place comes close to matching the dangers and mortality these federal officers faced doing their jobs. Their courage, resolve, and dedication to duty were beyond reproach… for the most part. Those who survived became titans in the legends of the West, particularly one man called Bass Reeves. These stories are fiction, but the encounters this lawman faced, and The Dead Line, were not.

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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.