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Greer Macallister: GIRL IN DISGUISE Author Talk

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dragonfly Books
Cost: Free!

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with author Greer Macallister as she talks about her new book Girl in Disguise on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

Dragonfly Books is pleased to announce the return visit of bestselling author Greer Macallister with her new book Girl in Disguise. Inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, the first female private detective in America, Girl in Disguise follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.

Macallister will be featured at two events on Tuesday, April 11. At 5:00 pm, Macallister will join the Happy Hour Book Club at Decorah Public Library to discuss Girl in Disguise (Sourcebooks 2017). At 7:00 pm Macallister will give an author talk at Dragonfly Books. Both events are free and open to the public.

With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin -- unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective.

Battling criminals and coworkers alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative. But is the woman she’s becoming -- capable of any and all lies, swapping identities like dresses -- the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was?

Macallister’s spirited new novel will take readers on a thrill ride full of cunning, suspense, and action.

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright, and novelist. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in creative writing. Her debut novel, The Magician’s Lie, was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films.

If you find that you can't make it to the events but would still like to purchase one of Macallister’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah, and the Decorah Public Library. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Happy Hour Book Club, please call the Decorah Public Library at 563-382-3717. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
112 W Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Girl in Disguise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492635222
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - March 21st, 2017

From the USA Today Bestselling author of The Magician's Lie

"A Spunky Spy Saga." -- NPR Books

"Macallister is becoming a leading voice in strong, female-driven historical fiction. Exciting, frightening, and unspeakably moving..."--Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingways's Girl

The Magician's Lie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492628996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - October 6th, 2015

A USA Today Bestseller

" A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel..."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"This is a book in which storylines twist, spiral and come together again in an ending as explosive as a poof of smoke from your chimney...or a top hat." --