Dead Man's Tunnel by Sheldon Russell
(Hook Runyon Mysteries)

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Dead Man's Tunnel is the third installment in Sheldon Russell's 1940s series featuring yard dog Hook Runyon.

Near the end of WWII, Hook Runyon, railroad bull, and his dog, Mixer, are sent to the West Salvage Yard in the high desert of Arizona. Not far away is the Johnson Canyon Tunnel. Though remote and ordinary as tunnels go, it is the gateway to the steepest railroad grade in North America and a potential bottleneck for the delivery of war supplies. So vital is this tunnel to the war effort that a twenty-four hour military guard has been assigned for the duration. Hook's orders are to catch copper thieves and to stay out of sight and out of trouble. But things go awry when Hook receives a call that one of the guards has been killed mid-tunnel by an oncoming train. Lieutenant Allison Capron from the Army Transportation Department is called in to help with the investigation. At first, suicide by train is suspected, but the evidence soon suggests homicide resulting from a love triangle. Unable to fit his own findings into either of these theories, Hook suspects something more sinister.


About Sheldon Russell

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DR. SHELDON RUSSELL is the author of five novels. He lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Published June 19, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 319 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This time, he’s sent to nearby Johnson Canyon Tunnel in Arizona’s high desert, where Joseph Erickson, an army guard assigned to oversee the tunnel, has been run down by a train.

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Set just after the end of WWII, Russell’s richly atmospheric third Hook Runyon mystery (after 2010’s The Insane Train) finds his railroad detective hero exiled to tiresome duty guarding an Arizona salvage yard, where Runyon has failed to catch thieves who’ve been stealing copper wire.

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Look At OKC

The time is the close of World War II, when the world is changing and Runyon is trying to decide on some other career.

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Historical Novel Society

With a title like Dead Man’s Tunnel, you might think you are about to read an old Western or a sinister detective novel, but in fact it is Sheldon Russell’s newest installment in his historical mystery series.

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