The Outcasts-Kathleen Kent

The Outcasts
Kathleen Kent
Little Brown, Sep 24 2013, $26.00
ISBN: 9780316206129

Several years after the Civil War ended, in Fort Worth, Texas Lucinda Carter the prostitute escapes from the “prison” brothel taking part of her madam Mrs. Landry’s gold with her. An epileptic that makes her an outcast, Lucinda plans to reunite with her beloved Bill McGill in Houston. However, two Rangers (Deerling and Dr. Tom Goddard) and lawman Nate Cannon pursue the murdering McGill; so the outlaw directs Lucinda to continue on to Middle Bayou to search for Lafitte’s buried treasure; he swears to her will catch up to her.

In Middle Bayou, Lucinda cleverly locates the island where Lafitte allegedly buried his treasure. McGill arrives, but his womanizing behavior upsets loyal Lucinda. Meanwhile the three law enforcement officials follow the ruthless killer to Middle Bayou where they plan to catch McGill and his woman.

The Outcasts is a thrilling late nineteenth century Americana with a strong cast and twisting ties. Though faster than a gunslinger can draw, the fabulous historical storyline is character driven from the moment Lucinda flees from the worst little whorehouse in Texas until the anticipated key cast convergence clash.

Harriet Klausner

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