September 2015 Indie Next List
“Constance Kopp is 35 years old in 1914. Unmarried, with no job, she and her two sisters survive by selling off parts of the family farm in rural New Jersey. When their buggy is destroyed by a speeding car, the accident sets off a most unlikely chain of events including blackmail, kidnapping threats, gunfights, and stakeouts. Stewart, the author of The Drunken Botanist, tells the Kopp sisters' story -- a tale based on actual events -- with humor and a keen eye for the complex relationships between sisters, as they learn to stand up for themselves at last.”
— Scott Brown (W), Eureka Books, Eureka, CA
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.