bookcover-outcastsA 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.


“Kent has managed a muscular genre exercise; her narrative moves so swiftly that its intermittent moments of genuine pity and terror catch you with your guard down.” – New York Times Book Review


“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.” – People Magazine


“Kent has a unique talent for early American storytelling. . .She combines the steadfastness of well-researched historical fiction with the organic mien of oral storytelling.” – BookPage


“Beautifully written.” – Dallas Morning News


“Passionate and intelligent.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch



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The Outcasts was awarded the American Library Association's 2014 Reading List Top Pick for Historical Fiction

  • Alligator among the reeds in bayou country, southeast Texas

  • My father's pistol

  • My guide, and brother, Kevin "The Captain" Hickman

  • Ft. Smith, Arkansas, powder room

  • Fr. Smith, Arkansas, supply and munitions room

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  1. Melissa Deur

    As president of the Friends of the UTA Library, I’d like to invite you to speak at one of our programs this fall–Sept. 5th would be ideal as you could kick off our new season. You’d talk to the Friends for about 35 minutes and then have a chance to sell your books while a reception takes place. Please contact me as soon as possible about this date or Oct. 10 or Nov. 7. Our meetings start at 7:30 pm in the Central Library on camps. My phone is 214-415-5003. I hope you ca come! Melissa Deur

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