From the USA Today Bestselling 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.
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I know this book took me long to finish but it wasn’t because I didn’t get it or it was boring that wasn’t the case. I really enjoyed it. And didn’t want it to end. I was not disappointed by Greer Macallister at all this being her second book. I read her first one and loved that too. Her strong women characters and how they deal and handle things amazing. Kate I think is my favorite woman character of 2018. She was forced into a marriage she never wanted. Her parents well they go to where the sun doesn’t shine. But after husband dies Kate decides to be become the first woman investigator. And that’s where she is trained by her boss Pinkerton. Helps her along the way and gives her cases. And she kinda questions herself about all the different disguises and who she really is. She meets a lot of people on cases. I loved the civil war times and how this is inspired. This book is amazing and needs more people who love history and strong women who we don’t hear about read this book.