As a contribution to our understanding of the world of frontier women, it is a limited addition ... Mr. Boessenecker is ideally matched to his subject ... Mr. Boessenecker proves a tenacious researcher, with a particular knack for coaxing telling details from newspaper archives. For Wildcat, he also turned amateur genealogist and enlisted the help of one of Hart’s descendants, who shared with him extensive primary source material ... For all his dogged investigation, as well as the trove of wonderful images that animate Wildcat (another of the book’s commendable features), Pearl Hart remains mostly elusive. No doubt this stems to an extent from Hart’s desire to cover her tracks, which may explain why Mr. Boessenecker spends so much time developing the book’s other characters ... But his handling of such sources produces a relentless this-happened-and-then-this-happened narrative style that pounds the story as flat as a stagecoach trail. Mr. Boessenecker’s writing is suffused with clichés ... This makes, at times, for a tedious reading experience ... More frustrating is Mr. Boessenecker’s failure to ground his story in its wider regional context ... But the author keeps his focus so tightly on the tale of his 'woman bandit' that at moments it seems the story could be set almost anywhere, and we thus learn little about the Wild West of the subtitle.