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Choctaw Kisses, Bullets & Blood


308 pages, Hardcover. 2007, by Pulitzer Prize winner, Vance H. Trimble.


Choctaw Kisses, Bullets & Blood is a true story by Vance H. Trimble, the Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the bestseller “Sam Walton.” This book is based on the “white intruder” Victor Locke fighting for frontier power.

White men, avid for adventure, romance and wealth, intruded in the 1830s into the Western wilderness where the U.S. Government had exiled the Choctaw Indians. From the Civil War in Tennessee came Confederate boy-soldier, Victor Locke, arriving first in Texas in 1866, ragged, penniless and already a revenge killer. Dangerously ambitious, Locked wanted to become chief of the Choctaws.

Locke boldly eloped with a pretty and savvy Choctaw girl, opened a store and prospered. He learned the native language and counseled tribesmen, won friends and political clout. And sired 10 children. One son, Victor Jr. having one-quarter Choctaw blood, was eligible to become chief and did. This is a tale of political rivalry, bloody feuds with six-guns and Winchesters – corpses floating in Dead Man’s Lake. It’s also a tale of romance.

This exciting twin-biography offers a rare window into the spectacular action-filled lives of two daring and reckless singular frontier stalwarts whose sharp minds and deadly trigger fingers markedly changed Indian Territory and Oklahoma history. Filled with footnotes, photos and maps, this book is more than just a true story, but a piece of history. Great for any history buff’s reading library.


Author Vance H. Trimble – journalist, editor and author, has written 11 published books, including the bestseller biography “Sam Walton.” In Washington, D.C., Trimble won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960, for his national reporting in recognition of his exposé of nepotism and payroll abuse in the U.S. Congress. He was in the newspaper business for more than 50 years.  He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1974. He resides in Wewoka, OK, his boyhood hometown and residency and was born in Arkansas.

Shipping Weight

Weight 1.50 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 × 6 in