Girl Waits with Gun (Hardcover)

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Constance Kopp and her sisters like their secluded farm life: Constance keeps the house, Norma keeps her pigeons, and teenage Fleurette keeps them entertained with her theatrics. When an obnoxious tycoon runs their buggy down with his car, Constance tries to get him to pay damages—and unwittingly unleashes a campaign of deadly intimidation upon their tidy life. This crackling page-turner is ripped from the headlines of 1916, based on true events, with a phenomenally larger than life heroine. GIRL WAITS WITH GUN is a zinging detective story, a late-bloomer's coming-of-age tale, and a painfully heartfelt story of family, all in one easily-devoured package.


— From #BrazosBest Picks for September


From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes 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 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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780544409910
ISBN-10: 0544409914
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Girl Waits with Gun