Hook Runyon is the protagonist in a series of historical mystery novels by American novelist Sheldon Russell. Hook Runyon works as a railroad security agent for the Santa Fe Railroad during the mid-1940s, towards the end of World War II. Hook is a complex character, equal parts rough and vulnerable, an unlikely and unwilling hero.

Sheldon Russell began his Hook Runyon series in 2009 with the novel The Yard Dog. Below is a list of Sheldon Russell’s Hook Runyon books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Hook Runyon Books

The Yard Dog(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Insane Train(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Man's Tunnel(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hanging of Samuel Ash(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bridge Troll Murders(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Hook Runyon Synopsis: The Yard Dog by Sheldon Russell takes place near the end of World War II, when a large number of Nazi POWs were incarcerated in camps scattered across the prairies of the United States. At Waynoka Divisional Point, near POW Camp Alva, the disillusioned Hook Runyon is assigned by the railroad to run off hobos and arrest pickpockets. Left behind in the war because of the loss of his arm in a car accident, Hook lives in a caboose, collects rare books, and drinks busthead liquor. When a coal picker by the name of Spark Dugan is found run over by a reefer car, Hook and his sidekick, Runt, the local moonshiner, suspect foul play and are drawn into a scheme far greater than either could have imagined. This conspiracy reaches the highest echelons of the camp and beyond and will push Hook and Runt to their physical and mental limits.

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