Thursday, October 30
5:00 – 7:00
Lucinda Carter—a prostitute with a secret—slips out of a Fort Worth brothel where she has been held as a virtual prisoner, and makes her way to the Gulf Coast to meet her lover at Middle Bayou. He has a plan to make them both rich; by chasing the rumors of the pirate Jean Lafitte’s buried treasure, though he will risk her life in doing so.
Nate Cannon—a young Civil War veteran and newly minted Texas lawman with a strong moral compass— is on the hunt for a brutal killer called McGill, who is wanted for the deaths of men, women, and children across the frontier. Over the course of The Outcasts the lives of these three characters will collide in a surprising and tragic way.
As she did in her first two novels, Kent has drawn on history to tell a captivating tale of a woman fighting to make a life for herself against seemingly insurmountable odds, and an honorable man struggling to do the right thing, no matter what. As guns are drawn and debts are settled, some—both good and evil—will die in pursuit of their dreams, and their vengeance.
Kathleen Kent grew up in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in history. She moved to New York in 1978, where she worked first in commodities and then for a US company doing defense conversion work in the former Soviet Union. After moving with her family back to Dallas, Kent resigned as chief operating officer of her company to write The Heretic’s Daughter, the story of her ancestor Martha Carrier’s trial and execution in Salem, Massachusetts, which became a national bestseller. Her second novel, The Traitor’s Wife, also takes place in Puritan New England. Kent set her third novel, The Outcasts, in post–Civil War era Texas. Kent is the recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.