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No Finger on the Trigger

No Finger on the Trigger

(1985)
(The first book in the Waxahachie Smith series)
A novel by

 
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NO FINGER ON THE TRIGGER

When the Fuente brothers learned that Waxahachie Smith was investigating their criminal activities, they decided that drastic action was called for. As far as they were concerned, the best way to stop a Texas Ranger - short of killing him - was to have his trigger-fingers cut off!
That was a mistake. For Waxahachie Smith was not the kind of man to accept defeat.
Converting his Colt Peacemaker into a 'slip gun', and learning a whole new technique for drawing it, Smith acquired an even faster and more deadly skill. Then he went back to finish the job he'd started ...

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."

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1987 : UK Hardback
Title: No Finger on the Trigger
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-7090-2901-2 / 978-0-7090-2901-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: No Finger on the Trigger
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-440-20749-5 / 978-0-440-20749-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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November 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: No Finger On The Trigger
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-552-12664-0 / 978-0-552-12664-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: No Finger on the Trigger (A Waxahachie Smith Western Book 1)
Author(s): J T Edson
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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