Pocomoto and the Robbers' Trail

By Rex Dixon (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1956 by Nelson
Illustrated by Jack Harman
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First edition dustwrapper
by Jack Harman
Nelson 1956
Pocomoto becomes involved in a smash-and-grab robbery in Yakima City. At the very moment when the raid takes place he is talking to the man later accused of being the robber - but scarcely anyone believes his story.

On his palomino, Goldflash, therefore, he sets out on the trail of the real robbers, determined to prove the innocence of a friend .

First Edition:
Nelson 1956:
Hardback with dustwrapper; red cloth with black blocking; usual logos on spine and front board; 136x193mm; 197 pages; illustrated by Jack Harman - colour frontispiece and six black and white illustrations; cover by Harman; published price 6s.

Other Editions:

Hamlyn Merlin 1968:
Yakima City slumbered under the high sun. The townspeople had left the high street to droning flies. But then a six-gun echoed outside the bank, and a man fell dying. Three killers made their getaway and soon the high street was deserted no more.
Only two people had seen the face of the leading man - Paddy the dentist, and Pocomoto. Paddy said the killer was Lester Kellaway. Pocomoto knew he was lying, but soon the sheriff's posse was on Kellaway's trail. What was Paddy's game, wondered Pocomoto - and would he be able to reach the accused man before the Law's rough justice did ?
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Merlin edition dustwrapper
Hamlyn 1968
New paperback edition; Merlin number M41; 124 pages; six black and white illustrations, not credited; cover artwork not credited, detail from front reproduced on rear (see enlarged image); cover price 2/6.
The publisher's 'blurb' from the rear of the cover is reproduced above.

Foreign Editions:

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Gottmer 1960
J H Gottmer, Holland 1960:

as Pocomoto op het Spoor van de Rovers

Hardback edition with dustwrapper; 148x210 mm; cream cloth with red blocking; front board has design of cowboy on horse, but no lasso; 150 pages; Illustrated by Jan Hartogh in black and white - frontispiece and four text illustrations. Each of these four are drawn across two pages along with the text; full colour dustwrapper, also by Hartogh, wraps to include the spine; translation by Theo van Joolen.

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