Girl waits with gun!
Author Amy Stewart has done a marvellous job fictionalizing the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs, Constance Kopp, in the novel ‘Girl waits with gun’. Personally, I found this novel very entertaining, a real pager turner that I finished all too quickly.
Thirty-something Constance and her younger sisters Norma and Fleurette, live on an isolated farm in New York State, where their late mother had hidden them away from society to avoid a scandal. One day, in town, their buggy is crashed into by a new-fangled motor vehicle driven by silk factory boss, Henry Kaufman. Refusing to pay the repair fee of $50, even after Constance visits him at his factory, the Kopp sisters report him to the police. And then the threats begin. Their home becomes something of a fortress as Kaufman and his gang of thugs begin a programme of intimidation, which escalates as time goes by.
Constance becomes increasingly involved with the sheriff’s department as she tries to assist them in finding some evidence to apprehend Kaufman. In addition, one of his factory girls secretly approaches her to confide that she has a child by Henry, and he has kidnapped him, but she is too afraid to go to the police. When this same girl disappears, Constance feels obliged to track them both down.
I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the second adventure of Constance Kopp, “Lady cop makes trouble” due to be published September 2016.
reviewed by Natalie