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Augustus Cain is a man with his back against the wall. A war-scarred wanderer, he faces a past he wants to forget, a present without prospect or fortune, and an uncertain future marred by the loss of his most prized possession – his horse – which he has carelessly gambled away. But he is not without skill – he has an uncanny, if unwelcome, ability to track the most elusive runaway slaves. And to repay a debt and keep his horse, he must head north from Virginia and retrieve a runaway named Rosetta.
When he eventually runs Rosetta to ground in Boston, Cain discovers she carries a secret – and the size of the bounty on her head begins to make more sense. Fleeing the northern states pursued by a posse of Unionists, Cain finds himself increasingly drawn to Rosetta and starts to wonder if his five hundred dollar fee – if any fee – could ever be enough to return her to her master…
Set against the backdrop of a nation preparing to tear itself apart, Soul Catcher is the story of an unforgettable journey, one of hardship and redemption, an odyssey that will change the travellers forever.

Reviews

One of our finest novelists - Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass
Anita Shreve
Like everything else in this book, he's (Augustus Cain) ripe for filming: a hard-drinking, straight-talking, scarred-but-sexy cavalier with a passion for Milton...The pages turn effortlessly and White's pacy plotting and bold handling of America's bitter past should ensure him a place on the bestseller lists for years to come - Financial Times
Financial Times
...Brilliantly plotted and richly detailed novel - Sainsbury's Magazine November 2007
Sainsbury's Magazine
This book will be compared to Cold Mountain, of course, but White's book is a more dramatic narrative and every bit as richly detailed and beautifully written - Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
Richard Russo