“AUTHOR FLETCHER KNEBEL”

Political Thrillers

Fletcher Knebel, author of Seven Days in May, wrote about politics—in fiction and fact. 

When Knebel graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1934, he went to work for a newspaper in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and spent the next two decades in journalism. 

In 1951, he launched a nationally syndicated column called Potomac Fever, satirizing national politics and government. Knebel was considered one of the more colorful characters in journalism […]

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“HIRED GUN”

Hired Gun

— RIDING WITH HISTORY — Sherman McMaster never stayed long in one place. Always on the move, he crisscrossed Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. He rode the frontier mostly as a hired gun and associated with some of the most recognizable names in history. 

Born 1853 into wealthy Illinois family, McMaster—also known as McMasters—made his way West in his late Teens or Twenties.

And he wasted little making […]

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“YOUNG AND BOLD AND DEAD”

LAWLBREAKER TO LAWMAN

— LAWBREAKER TO LAW KEEPER  —  The man on horseback wearing a black Mexican jacket and a double-rig with two silver-plated, ivory-handled revolvers nailed a sign to a tree on the road leading to his ranch: “This is King Fisher’s road. Take the other.”

Fisher began riding the outlaw trail at 16, stealing horses and breaking-and-entering. Those crimes earned him a two-year term in the Texas State Penitentiary.

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“PLAYING DEAD”

Wells Fargo Agent

— FACING DOWN THE ODDS — Wells Fargo express messenger Jeff Milton knew the gunshot wound to his arm did a lot of damage. But when told doctors planned to amputate it at the elbow, he nixed the idea. It wouldn’t be the first time Milton spit in the eye of adversity. 

A few days earlier, Milton stood his ground in a shootout at a small train station at Fairbank, Arizona. 

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