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ROCAKBYE COUNTY by J.T. EDSON

Mark Counter's Great-Grandson, Brad, serves as a Deputy Sheriff in 1960-1970's Rockabye County, Texas in this 11 book series. First published in 1974 through to 1997

Edson wrote, “In addition to producing a number of western novels, I was bringing out three or four short stories, or artist’s scripts each week to appear in the D.C. Thomson and Co. Ltd’s boys’ paper, Victor. Furthermore, I was one of the very few writers to have had three series running at one time in any of Thomson’s boys papers and quite often had two running concurrently in the Victor”. Some of these stories and ideas were later reworked for some of the western books he wrote. For example the Rockabye County series, which started life as a text story in the Victor. Interestingly, Edson, in his book, mentions several stories he wrote but were never published in any D.C. Thomson comic. Perhaps these stories lie in D.C. Thomson’s archives still waiting to be re-discovered and perhaps one day published.

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Published June 01 2016
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    1: THE SIXTEEN DOLLAR SHOOTER

Bradford Counter stood six feet three and weighed two hundred and twenty pounds. He was a graduate of the University of Southern Texas's Police Science and Administration Class and had passed the Federal Bureau of Investigation's training course for police officers with honors. His black belts in judo and karate were backed by a thorough knowledge of roughhouse brawling and dirty fighting. By virtue of his expertise with firearms, he was a member of the F.B.I.'s exclusive 'Possible Club' and his scores on the Police Combat Shooting Course of the Rockabye County Sheriff's Office earned him an extra sixteen dollars a week.
With such qualifications Brad knew plenty about the theory of modern law enforcement. But before he had held his badge for thirty-six hours, he found himself up against a pair of professional killers who never hesitated to use their guns. Under those conditions experience counted, and theory was of little use. Because in a real gunfight, there was only one second prize awarded … death!

   


Published November 1, 2016
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    2: THE LAWMEN OF ROCKABYE COUNTY

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 had 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 Sheriff Brad Counter and Thomas Cord and the rest of the lawmen of Rockabye County.

   


Published March 15, 2017
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    3: SHERIFF OF ROCKABYE COUNTY

Jack Tragg, sheriff of Rockabye County, Texas, was a powerful, sun-bronzed six foot one. Although he owned traditional cow-hand style outfits, he usually wore a business suit or khaki uniform. His gunbelt was a modern combat-shooter's rig, with a single Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum. Jack had a stable of fine horses at his disposal, but most of the time he traveled by car, aeroplane or helicopter. Like his Old West predecessors, Jack's duty was to keep the peace and maintain law and order in his bailiwick. Tough--fast with a gun--Jack was the jet-aged lawman!

   


Published June 15, 2017
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    4: THE PROFESSIONAL KILLERS

Tom Cord was within three months of retirement when bushwhack lead cut him down. No lawman ever allowed one of his fellow officers to be murdered without making every effort to get his killer. Deputy Sheriff Bradford Counter, a modern-day gun wizard, had been Tom’s partner; Woman Deputy Alice Fayde was Tom’s niece.
Together they began the hunt for the old deputy’s killer. The search took them across the Rockabye County rangelands, through the slums of Gusher City’s Bad Bit and into the upper-crust district of Upton Heights. At last the trail ended, with Brad Counter’s gun-skill matched against the two professional killers who shot his partner down.

   


Published 15 September, 2017
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    5: THE QUARTER SECOND DRAWER

A gang of killers puts Operation Scare-Off into action against the wives of the interfering peace officers. Sheriff Jack Tragg sets up all the scientific aids and modern techniques of radio patrols, white-coated lab crews, and motorized posses with full assault armament. But when Deputy Brad Counter is faced by a member of the gang armed with a sawed-off shotgun, only one thing can save him - his traditional skill and deadly speed on the draw. At that moment either Brad of the outlaw has only a quarter of a second left to live.

   


Published December 15, 2017
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    6: THE DEPUTIES

When Deputy Sheriffs Alice Fayde and Brad Counter looked at the body, it was that of a shapely, lusciously-curved young woman. There were six bullet holes in the torso. And there was no face; only a hideously battered mass of blood and pulp. Sometimes the work of a modern peace officer can be even tougher than in the days of the Old West ...

   


Published March 15, 2018
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    7: POINT OF CONTACT

When Tom Cord is ambushed three months before his retirement, his partner, Deputy Sheriff Bradford Counter--a modern-day gun wizard--and Deputy Alice Fayde, his niece, search for his killers.

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