Girl in Disguise by Greer MacallisterGirl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

Girl in Disguise

byGreer Macallister

Picture Books | March 21, 2017

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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 GirlFor 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 isthe 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."
Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a novelist, poet, short story writer, and playwright who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN'S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain's Freckl...
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Title:Girl in DisguiseFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492635227

ISBN - 13:9781492635222

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Trifle Disappointed My opinion of this book falls somewhere between a 2- and 3-star rating. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed, but mostly, I was disappointed with it. I mistakenly believed this book to be centered around one particular case that Kate Warne took on, rather than a long, detailed compilation of her entire career at Pinkerton's. Honestly, I believe I would have enjoyed this book more had it been written as a non-fiction account, instead of a fictionalized, very much romanticized version of Warne's life. I didn't care for the romance; to me, it seemed to completely overtake the story and derail it. It felt very sudden and rushed, and Warne went from being an all-business operative to being a lovesick woman. The book seemed to drag on for far too long; I quickly became bored and had to force myself to finish it. I'm disappointed, but I do realize that this is partially because of my own misconceptions about this book. However, it still didn't thrill me, and I'm unlikely to pick it up again.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed When I heard about this book I was so interested to read it. Having read many references to the Pinkerton Detective Agency is several other books it was great to read specifically about the agency. So for me it was interesting perspective on this place and time in history.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing novel! Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister is based on the real life of the first female Pinkerton agent, Kate Warne. It is 1856 in Chicago, Illinois and Kate Warne needs a job. She is a widow with little in the way of funds. In response to an advertisement, Kate arrives at the offices of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Kate is interviewed by Allan Pinkerton who states that they do not hire women. She asks him for an opportunity to prove her worth by solving a case. If she can close the investigation, Kate will get a position. Pinkerton agrees and gives her an opportunity to recover money stolen from First Eagle Savings Bank. With a little assistance, Kate is successful and gets her position as the first female Pinkerton agent. Unfortunately, her fellow agents are not as welcoming as Allan Pinkerton. Kate sets out to learn the skills she needs to be a successful agent and prove to the men that she is an asset. We get to follow Kate as she learns her craft and shows how valuable female agents can be to the agency. Kate is so successful that Pinkerton needs to start a Female Bureau of Detectives, and he wishes Kate to head it. This is a great opportunity for Kate, and she embraces the challenge. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Kate feels her services are more valuable in the field. Kate’s skills could prove vital to the country during this time of upheaval. But life is not all rosy for Kate. Pick up a copy of Girl in Disguise to find out what happens to Kate Warne. Girl in Disguise is a slow starter, but it gets better the further I got into the story. The novel is nicely written, and I did find it appealing. I wish, though, that the author had focused on Kate’s joining the Pinkerton agency and maybe one or two cases. Kate’s life would have made a great series. Each book could have focused on a new case. The novel starts in 1856 and takes us through the end of the Civil War. I was dissatisfied with the romance portion of the book and how it affected Kate. It just did not seem to go with her personality or behavior prior to this point. I give Girl in Disguise 4 out of 5 stars. The book, in a way, reminds me of a biography. But it lacked the depth you would find in one. We do not get enough details on Kate and her life as an agent. It is a superficial overview. I would have loved more details especially when she first started out as an agent. It is supposed to be a fictionalized account, so I wish the author had pushed it a little further. The ending was a bit of a letdown. It would have been nice if the author had included an epilogue showcasing the end of Kate Warne’s life. I am interested in finding out more information about Kate Warne and her life. I know that little information on Kate and her activities survived the Chicago Fire of 1871, but I hope to find more details than were available in Girl in Disguise. If you enjoy reading historical novels, check out Girl in Disguise.
Date published: 2017-03-20