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West of Hell's Fringe: Crime, Criminals, and the Federal Peace Officer in Oklahoma Territory, 1889 - 1907 Paperback – September 15, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; (1st,1978); New edition edition (September 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806122641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806122649
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Shirley, an authority on the Old West, has written many books and hundreds of articles for anthologies, journals, and magazines. He is the author of Temple Houston: Lawyer with a Gun; West of Hell?s Fringe: Crime, Criminals, and the Federal Peace Officer in Oklahoma Territory, 1889-1907; and Shotgun for Hire: The Story of ?Deacon? Jim Miller, Killer of Pat Garrett, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dwight L. Trent on October 4, 2010
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I have just read the first few chapters. Being born and raised in Oklahoma, I was very surprised about the conditions in pre-state Oklahoma. In school, I remember the only 'bad' examples of people were a few that got an early start on the Land Run. What we were taught is very different than what the author states. I guess you don't want young people to learn how lawlessness Oklahoma was before it became a state.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Bays on September 28, 2009
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When purchasing anything "sight unseen", especially USED, most people are a little apprehensive. However, my experience with Amazon has been very good. My recent purchase of "West of Hell's Fringe", by Glenn Shirley, was an outstanding value! I highly recommend using Amazon.com.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jumper1199@aol.com on April 18, 1999
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Glenn Shirley provides a wealth of information on various outlaw groups of the Old West. West of Hell's Fringe earmarks the accounts of gunslingers that occupied Indian territories inside what is today Oklahoma. Shirley has gone through what seems to be great detail in separating what are factual and fictional accounts of the episodes that occurred. Such names as the Dalton Gang, Bill Doolin, Charley Bryant, the reader not only gets lured into the eyes of these outlaws, but it gives them a taste of how life was in an era infamous for lawlessness and liquor. The book is brought more seemingly to life through the pictures shown of the outlaws and their captors. The book places repeated emphasis on the U.S. Marshals of the time. The book not only tells the story through the glimpses of the outlaws' eyes, but it allows one to stare down the barrel of the lawmen's guns as they and their posse's ride for the wielding of justice and the standing reward. Glenn Shirley does an excellent job documenting the accounts given in the book. Every complex and tangled idea that is presented is well annotated with: where the information is gathered, and where further information can be located. What is really exciting about the book is it offers up the accounts of the United States Marshals and their rides by giving up the false deception, and by offering the information that this is the most widely held belief. It also says this is what could have happened as well. The subheading of this book tells all Crime, Criminals, and the Federal Peace Officer in Oklahoma Territory, 1889-1907.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "doolin33" on October 5, 1999
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Glenn was an Oklahoma Lawman and as such his predjudice keeps this book from being as good as it could be. Your reviewer is the son of Oklahoma bootleggers and a descendent of a Doolin gang member...as you read the book notice how many times Marshalls supposedly call from perfect ambush positions.."hands up"....For someone who has seen Oklahoma law enforcement at close range I find those scenarios tough to swallow....not that I blame the Marshalls for this, these outlaws were desparate men and have already killed 3 marshalls in a direct confrontation in Ingalls....to his credit he does show the importance of informers as opposed to smart detective work...all in all if he wasn't so ready to swallow whole all the Marshalls accounts this would be a better book..but then in so many instances the lawmen were the only surviving witnesses
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Hart on January 18, 2013
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Excellent.
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