Girl in Disguise

Girl in Disguise

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective's rise during one of the nation's times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country. With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin--unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective. Battling criminals and coworkers alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative, winning the right to tackle some of the agency's toughest investigations. But is the woman she's becoming--capable of any and all lies, swapping identities like dresses--the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was?
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781492635222
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAC
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

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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ArapahoeChristine 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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