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Girl in Disguise
by Greer Macallister


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"Electrifying...a rollicking nineteenth-century thrill ride." -- Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun

"A Spunky Spy Saga." -- NPR Books

A new novel from the USA Today Bestselling author of The Magician's Lie

Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective's rise during one of the nation's times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Electrifying...a rollicking nineteenth-century thrill ride." --Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun

"A Spunky Spy Saga." -- NPR Books

A new novel from the USA Today Bestselling author of The Magician's Lie

Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective's rise during one of the nation's times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.

With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin--unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective.

Battling criminals and coworkers alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative, winning the right to tackle some of the agency's toughest investigations. But is the woman she's becoming--capable of any and all lies, swapping identities like dresses--the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was?


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781492635222
  • ISBN-10: 1492635227
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Historical - General
Books > Fiction > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Macallister (The Magicians Lie) pens an exciting, well-crafted historical novel featuring Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective in 1856 Chicago. Kate is a widow and needs a job, convincing Allan Pinkerton that a female detective can go places and do things a male detective cannot. Once hired, Kate becomes skilled at lock picking and surveillance, but she is best in disguiseas a prostitute, rich matron, spinster, clerk, Southern belle, doting sister, and false friendan expert liar, playing a role. She investigates burglaries, bank robberies, embezzlement, counterfeiting, blackmail, and murder. The Pinkerton Detective Agency is a mans world, and Kate is forced to prove herself, especially when someone tries to discredit her. She eventually earns the respect of her fellow detectives, learning a secret to be used later. Kate carries a pistol, but her wit, careful observation, and boldness see her through tricky and unexpected situations with desperate, dangerous criminals. In 1861 Kate comes up with an ingenious plan to protect President Lincoln from a Southern assassination plot, and she later works as a Pinkerton spy in the South during the Civil War, vowing revenge on whoever betrayed her lover and focusing on a formidable adversary, the notorious real-life Southern spy Mrs. Rose Greenhow. Loaded with suspense and action, this is a well-told, superb story. Agent: Elizabeth Weed, the Book Group. (Mar.)

 
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