Karen Abbott is the author of two New York Times best-selling books: Sin in the Second City and American Rose. Her new book is Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (Harper Collins, September, 2014), which tells the true story of four daring (and not entirely scrupulous) Civil War spies who risked everything for their cause.
She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine's history blog, Past Imperfect, 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 in New York City with her husband and two African Grey parrots, Poe and Dexter. She's at work on her next book, a (semi) true tale of a Gilded Age con artist.