Release of The Nine Lives of Charles E. Lively

Release of The Nine Lives of Charles E. Lively

Fox Run Publishing is proud to announce the release of The Nine Lives of Charles E. Lively: The Deadliest Man in the West Virginia-Colorado Coal Mine Wars, for March 31, 2020. Author, R.G. Yoho is a renowned author of Western novels as well as Major Impact: The Major Harris Story, the biography of West Virginia football great, Major Harris.

The West Virginia and Colorado Coal Mine Wars of the early twentieth century was a tumultuous and violent time in our nation’s history.  At the center of this saga is Charles Everett Lively, perhaps one of the deadliest of the undercover agents of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. 

Although it’s been almost one hundred years since the bloodshed in La Veta, Ludlow, Matewan, and Welch, the names of William G. Baldwin, Thomas L. Felts, and Charles E. Lively can still stir an extraordinary level of hatred among those same coal mining communities. From the record, it’s clear that Lively killed no fewer than three men in his lifetime, one in Colorado and two in West Virginia. It also appears that killing was something that came easy for him.

The Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency was one of several private detective agencies like Pinkerton, that performed many freelance security and detective tasks, including strike breaking.  Among the agency’s best clients were the owners of the coal mines of West Virginia and Colorado.  The dirty and dangerous work in the coal mines was accompanied by low pay.  This led to strife and labor organizing.  To combat this, mine owners hired detective agencies to disrupt labor organizing and break up strikes through espionage and strong-arm tactics.

Lively’s blue collar coal mining roots allowed him to move quietly among the miners, but his brief stint working the mines held little alure for him.  Lively became one of Baldwin-Felts’ most effective undercover operatives and among their deadliest men.  His activities included running a popular restaurant within which he gathered valuable intelligence.  Local union leadership even held meetings in his establishment.  Lively once did jail time in Colorado so that he could infiltrate miners who were locked up at the time.

R.G. Yoho scoured every known source to bring this figure out of the shadows and provide a valuable piece to this fascinating yet overlooked period of American history and shines a light for the first time into the intrigue surrounding this controversial figure.

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3 Replies to “Release of The Nine Lives of Charles E. Lively”

    1. We are currently reviewing our Kindle strategy, so we don’t have any exact plans yet. We tried one third party formating partner to put “Echoes From Gettysburg” onto Kindle, but it was delivered without real page numbers. Since our books can be used as source material for scholarly pursuits, we believe it is important to have real page numbers associated with our eBooks. Stay tuned.

    2. It is now available for pre-order going live on Friday, the 20th. Please help spread the word. The better this does in release, the greater likelihood that priority will go toward formatting our back-list to eBook format. Help us make this a successful release.

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