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Author: Kathleen Kent Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781611134186
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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 nineteenth century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she’d essentially been prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who had 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A rollicking tale.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Kent, a talented storyteller…manages to upend expectations through rich characterizations, historic verisimilitude, and a close study of east Texas geography...There are echoes of another Texas-identified author, Cormac McCarthy, in Kent’s bloody novel, especially in scenes where the lawmen debate the nature of justice. But 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.”

    Texas Observer

  • “[A] mastery of historical fiction.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Kent…judging from her fantastic depictions of nineteenth -century Texas, could have been [Larry] McMurtry’s sister.”

    Iowa Gazette

  • “[Kent] has the ability to make the characters bigger than life, real, sympathetic, credible. One of the best books I have ever read! Definitely one that I will read again and again." 

    Historical Novel Review

  • “After two novels re-imagining the history of her own New England ancestors, Kent turns her attention to post–Civil War Texas, where law and morality are far more elastic…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)

  • “Gun-toting lawmen, cold-blooded murderers, and one conniving woman make up this post-Civil War historical adventure…Two story lines race in parallel through the book until they cross paths in a tension-filled scene worthy of the big screen. Verdict: Kent has built a well-paced story, filled with twists and turns that will surprise most readers. A solid choice for those interested in a Western, a thriller, a historical novel, or even just something new.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The fates of a newly minted lawman, a former prostitute, and the promise of buried gold collide in Kent’s gripping third novel. Set in Texas in the 1870s, the novel alternates between the lives of Lucinda Carter and Nate Cannon, both of whom are starting over but under vastly different circumstances…That Lucinda and Nate’s paths will cross is inevitable, but Kent ditches predictable romance for a tense, unsparing look at the price we’ll pay to get what we think we want.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Painting a portrait of a woman determined to start over, Kent’s nineteenth-century action-packed Western includes drawn guns and various debts owed and paid. Actress Ellen Archer’s pleasing, professional reading includes distinct, nicely paced speech and a voice range and timbre that easily accommodate both male and female characters.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • Finalist for the 2014 Will Rogers Medallion Award
  • An American Library Association Reading List Top Pick for Historical Fiction

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About the Author

Kathleen Kent, author of historical novels, including The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife, among others, has received the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.

About the Narrator

Ellen Archer has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an actress, and singer with a degree in opera performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters.