Rosalie Knecht

Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who Is Vera Kelly? and Relief Map. She is the translator of César Aira’s The Seamstress and the Wind (New Directions) and a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. She resides in New York City.


  • “The Vera books bring to mind some of Highsmith’s work’s murkiness, evasion, and freedom. . . . Where will the next case for Vera come from? . . . I hope we don’t have to wait long to find out.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Snappy, gritty, and engaging.”


  • Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery is the perfect sequel, because it’s even better than the first book. . . . Reader, you will love this one. Don’t walk. Run.”


  • “Sharp. . .  the biggest pleasure is how she evokes a not-so-distant time with specific, slightly outdated language (Kelly stores bullets in an empty ‘cold cream jar’) and period details (Kelly lives in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village, so her local pub is subject to frequent police raids and her chums get fired because of whom they love).”

    The Star Tribune

  • “Gorgeously written.”

    —Lambda Literary, Staff Pick for 2020

  • “Readers will be thrilled by Vera Kelly’s return. A worthy and welcome continuation of a subversive series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sexy, sad and, stylish.”

    Book Page

  • “Knecht’s writing is evocative and spare, stylish and brooding, making this mystery series compulsively readable and offering a refreshing spin on atmospheric noir with a compelling queer historical frame.”


  • Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery is an intricate mystery featuring love, corruption, and a charming and capable heroine.”

    Foreword Review, starred review

  • Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery reintroduces us to Vera, one of the most compelling and complex characters in modern fiction . . . will keep you guessing until the very end.”

    —Lauren Wilkinson, author of American Spy

  • “Forget about 007. This heroine has her own brand of spycraft.”


    The Washington Post, on Who Is Vera Kelly?

  • “A splendid genre-pushing thriller. . . . A fractured coming-out in the repressive ’50s primed Vera for a life of deception—but in Knecht’s expert hands she’s smart and complicated, yearning for connection in a tumultuous world.”

    People, on Who Is Vera Kelly?

  • “Rosalie Knecht has resurrected the detective novel for the 21st century. . . . I tore through this book. More Vera Kelly, please.”

    —Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

  • “Gripping, subtle, magnificently written . . . This is a cool, strolling boulevardier of a book, worldly, wry, unrushed but never slow, which casts its gaze upon the middle of the last century and forces us to consider how it might be failing us still.”

    The New York Times Book Review

  • “Knecht’s novel is a slow-burn espionage thriller, a complex treatment of queer identity, and an immersive period piece all rolled into one delectable page-turner . . . Vera Kelly introduces a fascinating new spy to literature’s mystery canon—one we hope sticks around long beyond this snappy, intimate debut.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Thanks to Rosalie Knecht’s clever, hilarious writing, you’ll find yourself wanting everyone you know to read it so that you can discuss together the wholly original, brilliantly subversive character that is Vera Kelly.”


  • The twisty, literary, woman-driven spy novel you’ve always wanted to read. . . . Dazzling.”

    —Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits With Gun

  • “In Who Is Vera Kelly?, Rosalie Knecht has created a truly fresh and original take on the spy novel, full of suspense and surprise and beautifully observed details of its cold war setting. Best of all is Vera herself, a memorable heroine who seems destined to become an icon of the genre. This is a remarkable and wonderful book!”

    —Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author of Ill Will

  • “Sardonic, intelligent, and thrillingly original, Rosalie Knecht has not only revitalized the female spy novel with her feisty, indeterminable heroine, she’s also joyfully queered it. I loved this book and I loved Vera. Read this book right now!”

    —Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

  • “The character readers have been waiting for. A riveting, satisfying novel.”


  • “A buzzing, smoky, gin-soaked charmer.”

    —Library Journal, Most Anticipated Books of Spring/Summer

  • “A tangled, atmospheric story that gradually builds suspense to a satisfyingly surprising denouement.”