This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West's most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women offers a glimpse into the Western women's experience that's less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late 1800s, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boomtowns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, Wicked Women includes famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate as well as lesser known characters.
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Fascinating, Daring, Informative.
No favorite. All of the ladies were special.
The scene where the madam shoots her lover one night, misses, then shoots him the next.
This was very entertaining and very informative, narration was also terrific! I loved hearing about the women that helped shape the wild west. Not sure women of today could have handled life out west (we're rather spoiled) the way these amazing women did and had to do just to survive - great read, great history lesson. Def Nigel's recommend for history buffs and those that love westerns and story's about love and life as a woman in the late 1800's
I wish there had more: more information about the women, more women to include in the book. I understand that there is only so much info available about these women and that women like the ones in the book were small in numbers. At the end of the book I was left wanting more
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