The Outcasts

A Novel
By Kathleen Kent (Trade Paperback, 2014)
A taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.

It's the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she'd been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate's buried treasure.

Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier. Who--if anyone--will survive when their paths finally cross?

As Lucinda and Nate's stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

A taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.

It's the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she'd been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate's buried treasure.

Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier. Who--if anyone--will survive when their paths finally cross?

As Lucinda and Nate's stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

Kathleen Kent is the author of The Heretic's Daughter and The Traitor's Wife. She lives in Dallas.

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  • THE OUTCASTS by Kathleen Kent


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  • PRAISE FOR THE OUTCASTS:

    "THE OUTCASTS is well-written, tightly plotted and full of ingenious twists....Like the rotgut poured at some dusty Old West saloon, this tale has a wicked kick to it." (Shawna Seed, Dallas Morning News).

  • "A cinematic but refreshingly unsentimental take on the classic Western, starring a woman who is no romantic heroine, but a definite survivor." (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) ).

  • "[A] mastery of historical fiction." (Diana Andro, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

  • "[A] rollicking tale." (Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express-News).

  • "Through the combined perspectives of these varied and multi-layered characters, Kent brings to life a world lived on the edge of everything: civilization, lawfulness and morality." (Kerry McHugh, Shelf Awareness).

  • "A talented storyteller...Kent manages to upend expectations through rich characterizations, historic verisimilitude and a close study of East Texas geography...There are echoes of Cormac McCarthy....Time and again, largely because of the humanizing attention to women and minority characters traditionally given short shrift in historical fiction, Kent manages a fresh take on a tale that could have been just another redundant entry in the Lonesome Dove sweepstakes." (Dan Oko, Texas Observer).

  • "Kent shines not only as a storyteller but as a landscape artist, never better than when describing the sense of a place.... Like any Western writer worth her salt, Kent proves that there are endless ways to kill and be killed, but more interesting is when she leaves us in the dangerous, complicated land of the living, where characters yearn for order even as they cause (or combat) chaos." (Kirk Reed Forrester, Kirkus Reviews).

  • "Kent's novels never fail to illuminate both the facts of life in the past and the realities of human nature both then and now, and THE OUTCASTS is no exception." (Jen Karsbaek, SheKnows.com).

  • PRAISE FOR THE TRAITOR'S WIFE:

    "Vivid...Mixing history, love story and suspense, Kent seamlessly blends true events with fiction to bring a fraught, endlessly fascinating period of American history to life." (Joanna Powell, People).

  • "Kent's novel burns slowly, with polished prose, a gripping plot and characters-particularly smart, independent-minded Martha-who will linger in your mind...A novel of suspense, a love story and a moving portrait of the struggles of the early colonists...A richly layered tale." (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch).

  • "Gripping fiction...part historical love story, part thriller set against the well-drawn backdrop of Puritan America." (San Antonio Express-News).

  • "Kathleen Kent has a unique talent for early American storytelling...combines the steadfastness of well-research historical fiction with the organic mien of oral storytelling." (Catherine D. Acree, Bookpage).

Product Details

The Outcasts
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $16.00 US/$18.00 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316206112
  • On Sale Date: 10/21/2014
The Outcasts