Girl in Disguise

Girl in Disguise

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From the USA TodayBestselling author of The Magician's Lie

"A Spunky Spy Saga." -- NPR Books

"Macallister is becoming a leading voice in strong, female-driven historical fiction. Exciting, frightening, and unspeakably moving..."--Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingways's Girl

For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not.

In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin--unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation.

Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can't. She's a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, a rich train passenger--all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer she's been assigned to nab.

But is the woman she's becoming--capable of lies, swapping identities like dresses--the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was? As the tensions between the north and south escalate, Kate takes on a job in which the stakes have never been higher. The nation's future is at risk, even as the lines between disguise and reality begin to blur.

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781492635222
1492635227
Branch Call Number: FIC Macal
Characteristics: 308 pages

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EmilyEm
May 26, 2017

Book tells the story of Kate Warne, the first female detective hired by the famed Pinkerton agency. Little is really known about Kate so this is truly historic fiction. Light reading, but enjoyable. I’d recommend Karen Abbott’s 'Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War' for a better telling of the Civil War period in this book.

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laurabrary
Mar 03, 2017

Although this book wasn't quite what I was expecting, I enjoyed getting to know and imagine the tough and smart Kate Warne throughout her career. The real couldn't-put-it-down parts of the book didn't come until the end, but it's well worth sticking with it. I would recommend this book to fans of mystery, strong female characters, and historical fiction.

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AL_CHRISTINE Oct 23, 2017

Part of me wanted to to turn right around, march back in there, and address Mortenson face-to-face, berate him for his crude assumption. Part of me wanted to crawl into bed and disappear under a blanket, ashamed anyone could think so ill of me. I was uncertain and confused, but as I walked, the emotions settled into a low, simmering anger.

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