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Fastest Gun in Texas

Fastest Gun in Texas

(The sixth book in the Civil War series)
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At fifteen he joined the Confederate Army. By eighteen he had become a legend. His name was Dusty Fog: a man with a magic hand that could draw, shoot and hit his mark in less than a second. Dusty killed quick. His opponents died slow...slow getting their six-shooter clear of leather. In the wild, lawless west he was riding hell-bent for save a man from hanging, to catch a pair of killers, and to pay a bushwhacker with bullets from Texas's fastest gun.


John Thomas Edson was born at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on February 17 1928, the son of a miner who was killed in an accident when John was nine. He left Shirebrook Selective Central School at 14 to work in a stone quarry and joined the Army four years later.

As a sergeant in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Edson served in Kenya during the Emergency, on one occasion killing five Mau Mau on patrol. He started writing in Hong Kong, and when he won a large cash prize in a tombola he invested in a typewriter.

On coming out of the Army after 12 years with a wife and children to support, Edson learned his craft while running a fish-and-chip shop and working on the production line at a local pet food factory. His efforts paid off when Trail Boss (1961) won second prize in a competition with a promise of publication and an outright payment of 50.

The publishers offered 25 more for each subsequent book, and with the addition of earnings from serial-writing for the comic Victor, Edson was able to settle down to professional authorship. When the comic's owners decided that nobody read cowboy stories any more, he was forced to get a job as a postman (the job had the by-product of enabling him to lose six stone in weight from his original 18).

Edson's prospects improved when Corgi Books took over his publisher, encouraged him to produce seven books a year and promised him royalties for the first time. In 1974 he made his first visit to the United States, to which he was to return regularly in search of reference books. He declared that he had no desire to live in the Wild West, adding: "I've never even been on a horse. I've seen those things, and they look highly dangerous at both ends and bloody uncomfortable in the middle. My only contact was to shoot them for dog meat."

His heroes were often based on his favourite film stars, so that Dusty Fog resembled Audie Murphy, and the Ysabel Kid was an amalgam of Elvis Presley in Flaming Star and Jack Buetel in The Outlaw.

Before becoming a recluse in his last years, JT's favourite boast was that Melton Mowbray was famous for three things: "The pie, Stilton cheese and myself but not necessarily in that order."

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Hardback Editions

September 1982 : UK Hardback
Title: Fastest Gun in Texas
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-7091-8435-2 / 978-0-7091-8435-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Fastest Gun in Texas
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-440-20818-1 / 978-0-440-20818-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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April 1974 : UK Paperback
Title: The Fastest Gun In Texas (Westerns)
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-552-08021-7 / 978-0-552-08021-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Fastest Gun in Texas (A Dusty Fog's Civil War Western Book 5)
Author(s): J T Edson
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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