Girl Waits with Gun (Large Print / Hardcover)

Staff Pick Badge
Girl Waits with Gun Cover Image
Email or call for price
Out of Print

Staff Reviews

The Kopp sisters, Constance, Norma and Fleurette, live a quiet life out in the country. They tend to their farm animals and chores around the house, they mostly go into town only when supplies are needed. It's 1914 and the world is changing-fast. One seemingly ordinary day, an automobile crashes into their buggy while in town. The reckless driver turns out to be Henry Kaufman, an ill-behaved Industrialist armed with his very own gang. Following the crash, his constant threats and harassments shatter the Kopp sisters' quiet existence. Despite having bricks thrown through their windows and bullets flying at them, Constance does not back down. Constance learns how to shoot and intends to use her gun, if needed, to protect her family. Girl Waits with Gun is a historical novel about Constance Kopp, the first female deputy sheriff. I could not put this book down. It will leave you wanting to know more about Constance and everyone else is this engrossing tale!

— Jen Steele

Boswell presents a ticketed evening with Amy Stewart, author of Girl Waits with Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, and Miss Kopp's Midnight Confession. Tickets are $17 and include any one of her first three books, or upgrade to her newest book, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, for only $24 and get a signed bookplate for when the book is released on September 11. More info at

— Bpswell Book Company

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410485120
ISBN-10: 1410485129
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: January 6th, 2016
Pages: 550
Language: English