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THE FLOATING OUTFIT by J.T. EDSON

This group consists of Dusty Fog, Mark Counter and the Ysabel Kid. This trio is joined by various others during the 10-year span of the novels (1870 -1880) such as Waco, Doc Leroy and Red Blaze. Comprising of sixty-six books. Piccadilly Publishing have obtained the rights to the first ten of the series with the hopes for more to come.
J.T. Edson describes a Floating Outfit as a group of cowhands who travel the outer sections of ranchland dealing with problems that occur far from the main house. Dusty Fog, The Ysabel Kid and Mark Counter make up the Floating Outfit at the OD Connected Ranch, and they travel far and wide punching cows and righting wrongs in the old West.
Floating Outfit titles have been published by various publishers in the United States including Bantam, Dell, Charter and Berkley. They are rousing adventures but they also feature interesting historic detail. They are dappled with footnotes that highlight the intricacy of the series and the family lines of the characters.



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Published December 01, 2017
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18: TEXAS KIDNAPPERS

The Ysabel Kid was being followed as he rode the trail back to Rio Hondo County. The three hombres behind him were robbing cowhands of their cattle-drive pay, and the Kid had been deputized to stop them. Riding out on his lonesome, he intended to bring justice to this lawless land.

But another gang was also at work in the Texas hills, and they had snatched the granddaughter of Ole Devil Hardin, the Ysabel Kid's boss and owner of the famed OD Connected ranch, from the local stagecoach. Now the Kid wants more than justice, he wants revenge. His Winchester is at the ready, his bowie knife is sharp and unsheathed, and his eyes are glittering with rage. But he didn't know a criminal mastermind was behind the kidnapping. And he didn't know the varmint was no gentleman. It was a lady gone bad.... …


Published November 01, 2017
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17: WHITE INDIANS

Morton Lewis was part Indian – which meant that the only way the land-grabbers could take his ranch from him was to kill him – and the killing had to seem to be legal. But Mort's grandfather was a Comanche war chief, and if a Comanche brave should be killed, those savage warriors would ride to avenge him and in so doing trigger off an uprising that could ravage the State of Texas …

Two young men rode to avert the trouble. One was the Rio Hondo gun wizard, Dusty Fog. The other was, like Mort, part Comanche. Mostly he was known as the Ysabel Kid. But there were some who called him a White Indian…

WHITE INDIANS is a retelling of a story first published in an earlier book entitled THE HALF-BREED. It is what J.T. referred to as an expansion. He wrote several of these toward the end of his career – claiming that the Fog-Hardin-Blaze clans had given him information not available when the books were originally published, so that he could finally tell the full story.


Published October 01, 2017
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16: THE HALF-BREED

Like the man the mob was trying the lynch, the Ysabel Kid was half Comanche. He was a crack shot with a Colt Dragoon, a master of the border country art of "cut-and-slash," and the fastest shot with a Winchester Yellow Boy repeater Texas had ever seen. Of course the mob didn't know that. All they say was a baby-faced kid in black who needed to be taught a lesson …


Published September 01, 2017
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15: McGRAW'S INHERITCANCE

They were trying to cheat young Sandy McGraw. If it hadn't been for his friends they might have succeeded in depriving him of the ranch he had inherited.

But Sandy's friends were the right people to have on your side. One was Red Blaze, who always managed to find more than his fair share of any fights in his vicinity. Another was Betty Hardin, granddaughter of Ole Devil Hardin and an expert at ju-jitsu and karate. And the third was none other than the man with the fastest draw in the west, Dusty Fog.
Even so, the three found themselves in trouble over … McGraw's Inheritance!


Published August 01, 2017
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14: RANGELAND HERCULES

When Churn Wycliff's gang killed Sailor Sam Carol, Mark Counter of Ole Devil Hardin's legendary Floating Outfit swore to bring them to justice. Taking their trail, the blond giant matched his enormous strength and lightning-fast draw against the brutal, evil pack. In the end Mark found Wycliffe a prison of the Kaddo Indians, doomed to die by torture. But Mark aimed to take his old friend's killer in for trial … even if he had to lick the whole Kaddo tribe to do it.


Published July 01, 2017
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13: SIDEWINDER

Fast and deadly as a snake which gave him his name, Sidewinder, the limping Comanche war chief, rampaged across Texas and threatened the peace between his people and the white men.

Only a man with a tremendous knowledge of the Comanche could hope to prevent Sidewinder from endangering the whole Comanche nation with his policy of burning, killing and looting, which would inevitably bring retaliation from infuriated Texans and U.S. Army personnel.


Published June 01, 2017
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12: TROUBLED RANGE

He was big, blond and dangerous. From the top of his low-brimmed Stetson to the soles of his cowhide boots, he was one hundred percent fighting man. A member of the legendary Floating Outfit and right-hand man to the Rio Hondo gun wizard, Dusty Fog, Mark Counter was a man to be reckoned with. A man whose second name was trouble!

With a Colt in her purse and a price on her head, she was fair game for every bounty hunter in the Territory--until she hooked up with the Floating Outfit's "best-dressed man," Mark Counter, the segundo of the Rio Hondo Gun Wizard himself.


Published May 01, 2017
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11: WAGONS TO BACKSIGHT

The wagon train was heading for Backsight, the people looking to the West and a new home. Only Colonel Raines and his scout, Tom Blade, knew the danger that was stalking their every move. He had the fool idea that he could push a wagon train through the meanest country in the west. Then Tom Blade was dead, killed in an ambush, and Raines rode into Hammerlock to get help from the law. In Hammerlock he found four men who had been friends of Tom Blade.

Three of them were tall men, Texans who would catch the eye in any crowd. The Fourth was a small and insignificant-looking cow hand who hardly seemed to rate a glance. Yet when he spoke, the other three jumped to obey. In his presence the gun-hung toughs of Hammerlock grew silent and uneasy .… for his name was Dusty Fog.


Published April 01, 2017
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10: TRAIL BOSS

Since Thad Toon had put the 'Indian sign' on Ben Holland's spread, no cowhand would ride with the Rocking H's trail drive. Just to make sure, a rough-cut gang of killers had been hired to keep it that way. Then Dusty Fog and the Floating Outfit rode into Granite City, and Dusty decided to take up the dare … and teach the Double T what Texas trail-bossing was all about!


Published March 01, 2017
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9: THE HOODED RIDERS

It all began when young Wes Hardin stepped up to a wrestling booth to try his strength against big, brawny Negro Sam. Within a few minutes a vicious gunfight had developed, and then Wes was on the run, branded a murderer — and without a single witness left alive to testify to his innocence.

Then he met his cousin, Dusty Fog …

The floating outfit —Dusty, Mark Counter and the Ysabel Kid — took up the fight against the evil corruption which had laid its hand on Wes Hardin!


Published February 01, 2017
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8: QUIET TOWN

Gold makes good men greedy, and makes greedy men vicious and wild. Which is why Quiet Town was about as quiet as a hellcat's scream. .

They didn’t have any law in Quiet Town – except that of the gun. Three good men had the badge of Sheriff and died wearing it. .

The good citizens felt that their town needed a real lawman, someone who would play the killers and hard cases at their own game. They knew of one man who could do the job. His name was Dusty Fog. And Dusty decided it was time to bring some lay to Quiet Town. If that meant facing down every gun thug in the Montana Territory, Dusty was ready, willing … and damned able.

    7: THE HIDE AND TALLOW MEN

The Pilar Hide and Tallow Company were in trouble—their enormous profits looked like dropping if Colonel Charles Goodnight's scheme of driving cattle across country came to fruition. In order to protect their interests the five partners came to an agreement—an agreement that Mark Counter had to break.

This was all fine and dandy, except that the hide and tallow men were ruthless, unscrupulous and had small regard for the sanctity of human life. Their women were even worse. And Mark Counter found himself in the middle of the conflict, with lead likely to be thrown his way from every side...

Published January 01, 2017
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    6: SET TEXAS BACK ON HER FEET

Colonel Goodnight's cattle drive to Kansas could save war-torn Texas, but it would ruin the slaughter-house owners who stayed rich but keeping the ranchers poor. The 'hide and tallow men' hired an army of gun-hung toughs. Goodnight had the help of the Floating Outfit. And Fort Worth had itself a war!

Published December 01, 2016
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    5: FROM HIDE AND HORN

Other States were carved or born,
Texas grew from hide and horn.
There were problems to be solved before that became true. Where to sell the cattle which swarmed across the Texas ranges and how to get them to the market; also whether sufficient longhorns could be delivered at one time to make a long journey to a market profitable. Charles Goodnight thought he had the answers and aimed to prove it. Backed by Ole Devil Hardin’s already legendary floating outfit, he set off with three thousand five hundred head of cattle for distant Fort Sumner. With Dusty Fog as his segundo, Goodnight meant to deliver his herd and so pave the way for Texas to grow from hide and horn.

Published July 01, 2016
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    4: GOODNIGHT'S DREAM

The cities of the eastern States were hungry for beef. The problem was how to get it to them. Colonel Charles Goodnight had a plan that might work—if he had all the luck he needed. Things seemed to be going well, especially with the Floating Outfit on his side—Mark Counter, the Ysabel Kid and Dusty Fog, the small Texan who walked tall. But what Goodnight didn’t need was an enemy like John Chisum ...

Published January 01, 2016
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    3: A HORSE CALLED MOGOLLON

An Apache warhorse gone wild. He was the magnificent prize in a fierce mustanger range war on the west Texas plains. Colin Farquharson, the Scot in the skirt, is determined to catch the infamous wild stallion Mogollon for his ladylove Jeanie Schell. On one side was a small army of hired killers armed to the teeth. On the other side was the proud Scot and his Texas woman, backed up by three cowhands from the Floating Outfit. Just about an even match!

Published October 01, 2015
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    2: .44 CALIBER MAN

Post-Civil War Texas is a hell of a rough place. And for a man wearing a kilt, it is even rougher. Colin Farquharson insists on retaining his native Scottish dress but to do so unarmed on the Texas frontier could get him killed. At least it provides a distraction for the bandits attempting to rob the stage he's on and a distraction is all his fellow passenger, the Ysabel Kid, needs.
Unfortunately the leader of the bandits is killed in the process and his brothers blame Colin and come looking for him. If he's going to stay alive long enough to impress mustanger's daughter Jeanie Schell, Colin will have to learn to use a gun and he'll find no better teachers than the fighting men of the newly formed Floating Outfit.

Published June 01, 2015
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    1: THE YSABEL KID

His father was Sam Ysabel, a wild Irish Kentuckian who’d come to Texas in the early days and rode as scout to Jim Bowie. His mother was the daughter of Chief Longwalker and his French Creole squaw. That dangerous mixture of bloods produced a son who inherited the sighting eye of an eagle from the sure-shooting, rifle-toting Kentuckian stock. From the French Creole side he got a love of cold steel and the inborn knack of handling a knife. And from his Comanche grandfather he got his horse savvy and ability to read sign where a buck Apache might falter. His full name was Loncey Dalton Ysabel. Most men knew him as … the Ysabel Kid.

Published March 01, 2014
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FLOATING OUTFIT ON FILM

Two movies based on the Floating Outfit have been produced. Or at least they are packaged as two films on video. The credits and cast makeup seem to indicate these were packaged as a mini-series at one time. Corbin Bernsen is credited in Guns of Honor, for example, but does not appear until Trigger Fast.

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Guns of Honor (1993-1994)


Based primarily on The Ysabel Kid, this film casts Christopher Atkins as Dusty Fog, and it's not a bad choice. He has a youthful look but manages to convey the toughness attributed to Dusty in the novels, and he even wears his pistols in cross-draw style. Todd Jenkins plays The Ysabel Kid with a simmering anger over the death of his father. The action follows Dusty and The Kid into Mexico to bring back Bushrod Sheldon and his troops. Martin Sheen plays Ole Devil, bringing some of the Southern qualities he developed as General Lee in Getteysburg to the role. He differs from Ole Devil in the novels, riding along side Dusty rather than being paralyzed. Characters from later novels, most notably Belle Boyd, the Rebel Spy also appear.

Trigger Fast (1993-1994)

Characters from Guns of Honor continue in this film, which is fairly faithful to the Edson novel of the same name. Jurgen Prochnow, playing a member of Bushrod Sheldon's Mexican troop, returns home to work his farm. Corbin Bernsen is a crooked banker who won't allow that to happen. Dusty and The Kid hook up with Mark Counter to battle the bad guys once Prochnow's character is killed.


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