girl waits with gun

Girl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart

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Constance Kopp was a modern woman way before her time: a woman in the early 1900’s who stood up to mobsters, was almost 6 feet tall, and didn’t need or really want the domestic lifestyle that most women craved during that time.  She and her two sisters lived a reclusive lifestyle outside of the city due to family secrets that forced them to flee the hustle and bustle of New York.  The best part of this all was that Constance Kopp was not a fictional character.

“Girl Waits with Gun” started out with an incident of a crashed buggy caused by a mobster who owned a silk factory in the big city.  After Constance made attempts to collect the debt from damages to their buggy, she soon learned that she was not dealing with any ordinary man.  After multiple attempts to collect the cash, she met another woman who had been scorned by the same mobster and Constance began to feel it was her duty to bring him to justice.

Soon after Constance speaks with authorities, she and her sisters are forced to live an even more reclusive once bricks with threatening notes start crashing through their windows, men staking out the younger sister with threats of kidnapping, and the house was nearly caught on fire.  But through all of the chaos and fear, Constance stood by her “gun” and never wavered and put up a fight the entire way.

I found this book to be particularly enjoyable.  I would have liked a bit more suspense and character development of all sisters considering the length of the book, but I found it intriguing none-the-less.  I was pleased to learn after I finished this book that all three sisters truly existed.  I definitely recommend “Girl Waits with Gun” especially for those who enjoy stories with a strong female protagonist.

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