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Chief of Thieves by Steven W. Kohlhagen


Chief of Thieves by award-winning author Steven W. Kohlhagen is historical fiction, based on a factual group of 1862 con artists who successfully stole millions of today’s dollars, became cattle ranchers in Oregon and Wyoming, and ultimately met their respective fates at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Where They Bury You, Sunstone Press, was released in September 2013.  Chief of Thieves, the highly anticipated sequel, launches via Sunstone Press, June 15, 2015.

Chief of Thieves takes the reader into the disasters of early Western cattle ranching life and the births of lawless Wyoming towns; inside Cheyenne villages and tipis, where this hunting civilization of people, called “the greatest horsemen and cavalry the world ever saw,” lived, raided, and were attacked and massacred as they slept; and into the relentlessly driven lives, internal conflicts, and battles of George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry.

The stories interweave from Colorado negotiations to battles in Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas, and what is now Montana, including the massacres at Sand Creek and the Washita River, before culminating on a beautiful June 1876 day on the Little Bighorn River.

Custer’s Little Bighorn decisions under fire become understandable in real time when death comes to historical and fictional characters, con artists, U.S soldiers, and Cheyenne as the three stories merge climatically on that fateful day in American history.

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Steven W. Kohlhagen



Kohlhagen is a former University of California Berkeley professor and Wall Street executive. Steven was born on October 2, 1947 in Vienna, Austria, where his father was an American Army Major in the post-WWII army of occupation. He lived, variously, in El Paso, Texas (twice), Richland, Washington, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Springfield, Virginia. He has a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

He was a Professor of International Finance and Economics, U.C. Berkeley, for ten years, and then moved to Wall Street for ten years, structuring, trading, and marketing various fixed income and derivative products (yes, those derivatives), largely for Bankers Trust, Lehman Brothers, and AIG-FP. While at Berkeley, he spent several years on leave in Washington, D.C. at the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Treasury, and the Council of Economic Advisers. In August of 2002, he retired from banking as Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading, Global Derivatives, and Foreign Exchange at Wachovia (ten years). He was previously responsible for building and running the Derivatives business at First Union since its inception in January 1993.

He is currently on the Boards of Directors of Ametek, Inc., Freddie Mac, Gulfmark Offshore, and Reval Inc. He and his wife Gale reside in Charleston, S.C. and Chromo, Colorado. Steve and Gale, under the pen name Steven Gale, self-published a murder mystery, Tiger Found, in 2008.

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About the Author:

I am a writer of fiction, history & travel journalist. Originally from Tennessee, I now live in Atlanta, GA. History, travel, and international culture are my specialties. Look for my fictional stories, written as Hunter S. Jones. If you love history, check out Sexuality & Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare, an all-female collection of essays, coming soon from Pen & Sword Books.
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