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The Lawmen of Rockabye County

(The second book in the Rockabye County series)
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Gusher City, Texas...
Two terrorists had seized hostages, demanding an aircraft to take them to Cuba...
Then 'Crazy Doc' Christopher had escaped from the penitentiary, hell-bent on vengeance...
But when Walter Haddon - one of the FBI's ten most wanted men - strolled into Gusher City, all four men found out what other criminals bad discovered to their cost. Breaking the law in Rockabye County was fraught with peril. For they were up against men like Sheriff Jack Tragg, Deputy Sheriffs Brad Counter and Thomas Cord and the rest of the lawmen of Rockabye County...


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

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Used availability for J T Edson's The Lawmen of Rockabye County

Hardback Editions

May 1989 : UK Hardback

Title: The Lawmen of Rockabye County
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-7278-1699-3 / 978-0-7278-1699-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 1992 : UK Paperback

Title: Lawmen of Rockabye County
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 1-85389-241-6 / 978-1-85389-241-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dales Large Print
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September 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: The Lawmen of Rockabye County (Thorndike Large Print Popular Series)
Author(s): John Thomas Edson
ISBN: 0-7505-0064-6 / 978-0-7505-0064-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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1982 : UK Paperback

Title: The Lawmen of Rockabye County
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-552-12050-2 / 978-0-552-12050-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Lawmen of Rockabye County (A Rockabye County Western Book 2)
Author(s): J T Edson
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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