Dr. Sheldon Russell is the author of 12 novels and is perhaps best known for his Hook Runyon Mystery Series. His work has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, as well as the Langum Prize for Historical Literature. He’s received starred reviews in both Book List and Publishers Weekly. THE INSANE TRAIN was selected as one of the six best mysteries of 2010 by Publishers Weekly. His most recent book, A FORGOTTEN EVIL, won the 2020 Spur Award for Best Western Historical Novel, Western Writers of America.
Growing up on a cattle ranch in the Gloss Mountains of Oklahoma has given Russell insight into the power of place and into man’s capacity for good and evil. His was a story-telling culture, a culture of humor and of hard times. A passion for narrative and for history was inevitable.
Russell and his wife Nancy, a sculptor, currently reside on the home ranch in Waynoka Oklahoma, where they work at their respective crafts. Hobbies and interests include reading, collecting books, and gardening.