NATIONAL BESTSELLER. The first in the Kopps Sisters Novel Series, Girl Waits with Gun is an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family ??—?? and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
A New York Times Editors' Choice
“A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.”??—??Elizabeth Gilbert
Hardened criminals are no match for pistol-packing spinster Constance Kopp and her redoubtable sisters in this hilarious and exciting period drama by bestseller Stewart (The Drunken Botanist). This is an elegant tale of suspense, mystery, and wry humor set in 1914 in Paterson, N.J. A crash between the Kopp sisters' horse and buggy and an automobile driven by arrogant factory owner Henry Kaufman begins a disturbing cycle of menacing behavior: Kaufman refuses to pay for the buggy damage, angry and humiliated in an embarrassing confrontation with a tall, imposing, and formidable woman. Intimidation and threats of violence follow Constance's every effort to make Kaufman pay, finally resulting in her appeal to the Bergen County Sheriff to help her collect. Sheriff Robert Heath has been itching to lock up Kaufman and his thuggish pals, and sees this as an excellent opportunity to rid Paterson of the pack of criminals. The Kopp sisters live alone on a remote farm and are taunted, burglarized, and shot at by crooks of the Black Hand gang as retaliation for involving the police and causing trouble for Kaufman. But when Constance starts to pack a revolver and doesn't hesitate to shoot back, the game changes drastically. A surprising Kopp family secret, a kidnapped baby, and other twists consistently ratchet up the stakes throughout, resulting in an exhilarating yarn.
Girl Waits With Gun
Great book! A pleasure to read; I enjoyed every page. And, it's based on a real live Girl with gun. How cool is that. I shall now look for other ebooks by Amy Stewart.
Riveting first novel after so many books on botany
I love her books on botany and critters, poisonous or not. She has such an easy "voice" to read in her non-fiction, and I thought I'd give this novel a try.
It kept me reading until there were no more pages. It's a good blend of actual history and fictional fleshing out. The last time I read such a good blend was in the '80s, by Mary Luke, in Tudor England. Her biographies read as easily as her fiction, and that being "my" period, I was enthralled.
I know little beyond the "Great War" in the time of Girl Waits With Gun, and little of it in the US, save the union movement, certain court cases, and the suffrage movement. I have been educated, and delightfully so.
I hope to catch Ms. Stewart at one of her Bay Area book tour stops for Lady Cop Makes Trouble, at the end of September. If she's got a signing near you, go! She's an amazing speaker, with an imp in her eye.
Great characters, good storytelling and I can't wait for the next adventure of the Kopp "sisters"!