With the true-life story of Pearl Hart, Coleman brings another feisty, unconventional woman to life. Pearl was born into a middle-class world where women were trapped with few choices -- one could either be a wife or a whore. Instead
Pearl chose her own path. In Coleman's first-person account, Pearl tells how she become the Bandit Queen. This powerful, first-rate western is a feminist feast.
Free of Frank, but without money, Pearl is desperate enough to hold up a stagecoach. That begins the cycle of robberies that led to her capture, her escape and, finally, her recapture and the shocking sentencing that made her the first woman to be imprisoned in Yuma Penitentiary. (LEISURE, Dec., 380 pp., $6.99)