Karen Abbott, author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, on tour September 2014

Posted By on August 24, 2014

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

About Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

• Hardcover: 528 pages
• Publisher: Harper (September 2, 2014)

Belle Boyd
Emma Edmonds
Rose O’Neal Greenhow
Elizabeth Van Lew

In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything—their homes, their families, and their very lives—during the Civil War.

Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named Frank Thompson, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines, all the while fearing that her past would catch up with her. The beautiful widow Rose O’Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians, used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals, and sailed abroad to lobby for the Confederacy, a journey that cost her more than she ever imagined. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring—even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House—right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives.

Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative weaves the adventures of these four forgotten daredevils into the tumultuous landscape of a broken America, evoking a secret world that will surprise even the most avid enthusiasts of Civil War–era history. With a cast of real-life characters, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, Detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoléon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy shines a dramatic new light on these daring—and, until now, unsung—heroines.

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Karen AbbottAbout Karen Abbot

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose. She is a regular contributor to Smithsonian.com, and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives with her husband and two African Grey parrots in New York City.

Find out more about Karen at her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Karen’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, September 2nd: bookchickdi

Wednesday, September 3rd: Lit and Life

Thursday, September 4th: Bibliophilia, Please

Friday, September 5th: Based on a True Story

Monday, September 8th: Dwell in Possibility

Tuesday, September 9th: Bibliosue

Wednesday, September 10th: Back Porchervations

Thursday, September 11th: WildmooBooks

Friday, September 12th: Broken Teepee

Monday, September 15th: Reading Reality

Tuesday, September 16th: Ace and Hoser Blook

Wednesday, September 17th: Jen’s Book Thoughts

Monday, September 22nd: Consuming Culture

Tuesday, September 23rd: Books on the Table

Wednesday, September 24th: Lavish Bookshelf

Thursday, September 25th: Literary Lindsey

Tuesday, September 30th: Book Hooked Blog

Thursday, October 2nd: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

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