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A Horse Called Mogollon

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

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When Colin Farquharson refused to sell the horse called Mogollon to Beatrice, Vicomtesse de Brioude, her husband swore to make him change his mind. To help him enforce his will upon the Scot, the Vicomte had a bunch of hired killers and a dozen cavalrymen commanded by an ambitious lieutenant besotted by the voluptuous Vicomtesse. Against them, the Scot had ten Mexican mesteneros and three Texas cowhands not yet twenty years of age. They were Ole Devil Hardin's newly-formed floating outfit. Mark Counter, a handsome blond giant with the strength of a Hercules and a brace of real fast guns. The Ysabel Kid, baby-faced but deadly expert in the use of a Winchester rifle or a bowie knife. And their leader. Small, insignificant in appearance, he looked more like the horse-wrangler than the segundo of the biggest ranch in Texas. His name was Dusty Fog.
Although the Vicomte did not know it, taking the horse called Mogollon would be far from as easy as he imagined.


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 A Horse Called Mogollon

Hardback Editions

February 1980 : UK Hardback

Title: Horse Called Mogollon
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-7091-4441-5 / 978-0-7091-4441-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 1988 : USA Paperback

Title: A Horse Called Mogollon
Author(s): John Thomas Edson
ISBN: 1-55773-018-0 / 978-1-55773-018-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diamond Books
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May 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Horse Called Mogollon
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-425-04632-X / 978-0-425-04632-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 1971 : UK Paperback

Title: A Horse Called Mogollon
Author(s): J T Edson
ISBN: 0-552-08624-X / 978-0-552-08624-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Horse Called Mogollon (A Floating Outfit Western Book 3)
Author(s): J T Edson
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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