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The Hide and Tallow Men

The Hide and Tallow Men

(1974)
(The seventh book in the Floating Outfit series)
A novel by

 
The Pilar Hide and Tallow Company were in trouble - their enormous profits looked like dropping if Colonel Charles Goodnight's scheme of driving cattle across country came to fruition. In order to protect their interests the five partners came to an agreement - an agreement that Mark Counter had to break.
This was all fine and dandy, except that the hide and tallow men were ruthless, unscrupulous and had small regard for the sanctity of human life. Their women were even worse. And Mark Counter found himself in the middle of the conflict, with lead likely to be thrown his way from every side...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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."

Genre: Western
 
Used availability for J T Edson's The Hide and Tallow Men


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Hardback Editions

June 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Hide and Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 1-85057-334-4 / 978-1-85057-334-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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June 1986 : UK Hardback
Title: Hide and Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-7278-1252-1 / 978-0-7278-1252-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Hide And Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-425-08744-1 / 978-0-425-08744-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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January 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Hide and Tallow Man
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-440-20862-9 / 978-0-440-20862-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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June 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Hide and Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 1-85057-335-2 / 978-1-85057-335-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Hide And Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-425-05069-6 / 978-0-425-05069-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Hide And Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-425-04414-9 / 978-0-425-04414-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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December 1978 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Hide And Tallow Men
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-425-03848-3 / 978-0-425-03848-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 1974 : UK Paperback
Title: The Hide and Tallow Men (Floating Outfit stories)
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-552-09407-2 / 978-0-552-09407-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Hide and Tallow Men (A Floating Outfit Western Book 7)
Author(s): J T Edson
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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