Narrated by Barrie Kreinik; Bailey Carr; Ella Turenne; Nikki Massoud; Natalie Naudus; Imani Jade Powers; James Fouhey
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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2021

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"An all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West . . . and that's exactly what Melissa Lenhardt delivers in her unapologetically badass western, Heresy." - New York Times

"Lenhardt has created a bold new story where women have taken their rightful place in the narrative of the Outlaw Western genre; where wit, wisdom and wiles could mean the difference between life and death, and where the fellowship of women bested every challenge." -- Kathleen Kent

Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw.

After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is simple. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West.

Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don't go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman's noose.

"Readers who relish an unusual narrative structure will enjoy this unique take on the traditional western." -- Booklist
"An all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West . . . and that's exactly what Melissa Lenhardt delivers in her unapologetically badass western, Heresy." - New York...

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I listened to the audiobook version of this book during a cross country road trip. I couldn’t have chosen a better book! As I traveled through towns I’d never visited before while listening to this book, it gave me the feel of being in the western itself. I love, love, love that this book focused on strong FEMALE characters, albeit OUTLAWS, who were witty, wily, and wonderful in the ways of the Old West. The narration is told from three different POVs and that made the story interesting as details were filled in from the different character perspectives. These women made quite a name for themselves, upsetting rival male outlaw gangs and, of course, the authorities. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about tough women making it on their own. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Basically everything you could want based on the cover and description. It definitely lives up to the promise it sets. If you're a fan of westerns but wish the women in them had more to do, this book delivers in spades. I do think it was strange to have three overlapping POVs, which meant that important events were sometimes repeated, or the story was told out of order. It wasn't enough to call it a flaw, it was just a choice I didn't particularly like. I also didn't like the framing device of "this is a book about real people, it's really just a transcription of an old dusty diary I found." I really dislike that trope. I think I consider it a little cheap, like the author is trying to earn credibility for everything that comes after with a "hey this is just what the journal said happened." I don't know. It's a personal thing. Many thanks to Netgalley for the audiobook version, which I feel really enhanced the experience.

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I loved this book so much. I listened to the Audio book and it has a full cast, which really brought this book to life. The cast was just perfect to create the most brilliant sense of atmosphere. It almost seemed and felt like a non-fiction book, the author claimed the this story was found by a friend at an antiques fair. Which told the story of an all woman outlaw team. It was wrote as a set of interviews telling this story which I found very interesting element of the book. It made the book exciting, gripping, with a brilliant sense of atmosphere and tension. The story-line was brilliant from the start all the way until the very last moment. The author really does have a knack for adding those little details that really bring the story to life. I could not put this book down (or at least press pause lol) sleep felt less important while reading this book as the level of action just captures you, ensnared the mind, its such a brilliant historic fiction / western. It was amazing that it follows a group of women outlaws, who found it too embarrassing to admit that they did a better job than the male counterparts. I will be looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future. Already listed on amazon,goodreads, kobo, waterstones, Google books, Barnes&noble and on my book blog

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