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Publication Order of The Real People Books

The Way of the Priests (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Way (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Path (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Way South (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Way Home (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Island (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War Trail North (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
War Woman (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Peace Chief (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cherokee Dragon (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spanish Jack (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sequoyah (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Texas Outlaw Books

Fugitive's Trail (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cold Hard Trail (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Trail (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sheriff Go-Ahead Rider Books

Go-Ahead Rider (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Make a Killing (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outside the Law (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Back to Malachi (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Actor (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Time (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wilder & Wilder (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colfax (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Saga of Henry Starr (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quitting Time (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ned Christie's War (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Company (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mountain Windsong (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Border Line (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Trail North (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Geronimo (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zeke Proctor (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Snake (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Dutch (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Meade Solution (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Incident at Buffalo Crossing (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brass (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barjack (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Broke Loose (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Medicine War (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gunfighter (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Need for a Gunfighter (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barjack and the Unwelcome Ghost (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rio Loco (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brothers (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking the Trail (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Yellow Bird: An Imaginary Autobiography (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The Rattlesnake Band & Other Poems (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch of Goingsnake (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Cherokee (With: DavidFitzgerald) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cherokee Medicine Man (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cherokee Nation (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cherokee Encyclopedia (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cherokee Thoughts (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Books

All My Relations (By: Thomas King) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Narrative Chance (By: Gerald Vizenor) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other destinies (By: Louis Owens) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sharpest Sight (By: Louis Owens) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Voices (By: Gerald Vizenor) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firesticks of Stories (By: Diane Glancy) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer in the Spring (By: Gerald Vizenor) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faces in the Moon (By: Betty Louise Bell) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grand Avenue (By: Greg Sarris) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bone Game (By: Louis Owens) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Massacre at Sand Creek (By: Bruce Cutler) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Only Approved Indians (By: Jack D. Forbes) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wolfsong (By: Louis Owens) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eye Killers (By: A. A. Carr) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mediation in Contemporary Native American Fiction (By: James Ruppert) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightland (By: Louis Owens) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Native Ground (By: Jim Barnes) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mixedblood Messages (By: Louis Owens) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss of the Fur Queen (By: Tomson Highway) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark River (By: Louis Owens) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chancers (By: Gerald Vizenor) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Briefcase Warriors (By: E. Donald Two-Rivers) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Hear the Train (By: Louis Owens) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Words (By: Jace Weaver) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mask Maker (By: Diane Glancy) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Gypsy (By: Diane Glancy) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Pavement Ends (By: William S. Yellow Robe Jr.) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Field of Honor (By: D.L. Birchfield) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silko (By: Brewster E. Fitz) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trickster of Liberty (By: Gerald Vizenor) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pipe for February (By: Martin Scorsese,Charles H. Red Corn) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marriage of Saints (By: Dawn Karima Pettigrew) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Muting White Noise (By: James H. Cox) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Singing Bird (By: John Milton Oskison) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cherokee Syllabary (By: Ellen Cushman) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twenty Thousand Mornings (By: Susan Kalter,John Joseph Mathews) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820–1906 (By: James W. Parins) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Native American Renaissance (By: Alan R. Velie) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scalping Columbus and Other Damn Indian Stories (By: Adam Fortunate Eagle) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Progressive Traditions (By: Joshua B. Nelson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creative Alliances (By: Molly S. McGlennen) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Three Toes and Other Tales of Survival and Extinction (By: Susan Kalter,John Joseph Mathews) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wil Usdi: Novella (With: Luther Wilson) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imagining Sovereignty (By: David J. Carlson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chenoo (By: Joseph Bruchac) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Bird, Red Power (By: Tadeusz Lewandowski) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Joseph Mathews (By: Michael Snyder) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back to the Blanket (By: Kimberly G. Wieser) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plastic Indian (With: Evelyn L. Conley,Geary Hobson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Padoskoks (By: Joseph Bruchac) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watermelon Nights (By: Greg Sarris) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Native Removal Writing (By: Sabine N. Meyer) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Double D Western Books

Bitter Grass (By: T.V. Olsen) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tangled Web (By: Giles A. Lutz) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Buffalo Hunt (By: Gary McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Had Enemies (By: H.B. Broome) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whipsaw Trail (By: Ray Hogan) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nickajack (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gambler's Luck (By: H.B. Broome) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Law and Lynchburg (By: Ray Hogan) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Farewell to Texas (By: L.L. Foreman) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Native American Library Books

with Helen Dwyer, AmyStone, Mary A. Stout
Shoshone History and Culture (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hopi History and Culture (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creek History and Culture (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best of the American West II(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Robert J. Conley is an American and Cherokee author of fiction. He was born on December 29, 1940 in Cushing, Oklahoma, and passed away on February 16, 2014. He was also known by the name of Robert Jackson Conley, his full given name. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

Robert J. Conley was a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. This is a tribe of American Indians that is federally recognized. He is known in his writing for making descriptions of historical Cherokee figures and Indians before they made contact with the white man.

He is fairly well known for writing the Real People series, a series of books. The Dark Island was the sixth book in this series and it received the Spur Award for the best Western novel all the way back in 1995. He would receive two more Spur awards later, one for Yellow Bird, a short story. The other is for the novel Nickajack in 1992.

Conley was the first American Indian that was ever to head the Western Writers of America group at Western Carolina University, located in North Carolina. Conley would end up passing away in North Carolina in Sylva.

He has had three poem collections come out. The first came out in 1975 and is called 21 Poems. There would be two more that came out in the eighties. Conley also tried his hand at writing non fiction books too and would eventually release five books to the public on the topic of Cherokee and the nation, traditions, thoughts, medicine and more related to the tribe.

Robert J. Conley is the creator and writer of the Sheriff Go-Ahead Rider series of fiction. In 1990, the series kicked off when the very first book was published. Go-Ahead Rider is the debut novel in the series and it was followed by a sequel shortly after. To Make a Killing came out in 1994 and one year later the third book was released to audiences. It’s called Outside the Law.

Go-Ahead Rider is the first novel in the Sheriff Go-Ahead Rider series by author Robert J. Conley. Only from a person that is a member of the Cherokee tribe could you get this type of novel, directly drawn from what the author knows first hand and what he has inherited as his memories, his traditions, and his identity.

In this first novel, you will be enthralled as the reader as you watch Conley bring the traditions and his own special knowledge of his people to life. He brings you into another world entirely using his skilled words and his perception into the lives of the Cherokee people past and present to transport the reader into a world that is totally unlike the modern white civilized world (with far more races and colors in it now) of the modern day.

See all that Robert Jackson Conley has to offer in this dynamic first novel that focuses on the Cherokee nation! When a Harvard-educated Cherokee of mixed blood comes home to a small town in Oklahoma, he gets another education that he soon won’t forget. Soon this man is on the trail of a murderer after being deputized. But can he catch the killer or will it all be in vain? Read this thrilling first novel, Go Ahead Rider, by Conley to find out.

To Make A Killing is the second novel in the Rider series by acclaimed author Robert J. Conley. When it comes to action and adventure novels, look no further! The Cherokee capital of Tahlequah has braced itself to vote on another issue that involves a land grant as well as a prisoner that ends up being in a cell guarded and drunk while also being alone.

The only thing is that the prisoner has no way to defend himself. Which is a shame, since he ended up being shot at close range. He was, of course, killed. The perfect murder has been accomplished by Matthew Thomson, but one thing threatens to give it away.

That is the fact that the case just got personal when it comes to Sheriff Rider. His deputy is one of the suspects in this case, and he is going to do everything in his power to prove that his deputy was not the one responsible. Beehunter must be proven innocent at all costs, and Sheriff Rider is going to be the one to do it.

To kill someone like that when they have nowhere to go surely must be a deed that qualifies as an act that is spiritually evil. Now he must go to a medicine man if he wants to get the answers that he needs in order to find a killer, and the pressure is building on all sides.

Bureaucrats demand to know what answers he has for them, and Rider is doing his best to try and prove that Beehunter is innocent. When it comes to this case, Rider is going to have to think hard and piece the evidence together if he’s going to make sure that he can clear up the name of his friend.

Thomson is trying to escape being detected, even though the noose is slowly tightening around his neck. Can he do what he needs to do in order to try and catch the killer once and for all? This individual is going to be tough to catch and may even kill again.

This adventure takes your breath away and gets your heart pounding! The sequel in the series from Conley is sure to be a page turner. What will this Western adventure have to offer? You’ve got to pick up To Make A Killing to find out for sure!

Experience all of the beauty and the rough wildness of the frontier from an Indian’s point of view that is authentic. This murder mystery fictional novel is so inventive and gripping, you’ll be wanting to read it again. Move on to the third book in the series if you liked this one and read Outside the Law, the third book in the series by Robert J. Conley, if you want to find out how this trilogy ends!

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