Who is Vera Kelly?

ISBN:
978-1-947793-01-9
Pub Date:
06/12/2018
List Price:
$15.95
Page Count:
275
ISBN:
978-1-947793-02-6
Pub Date:
06/12/2018
List Price:
$15.95
Page Count:
275

“Gripping, subtle, magnificently written.” —The New York Times Book Review

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

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She’s working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she’s in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she’s forced to take extreme measures to save herself. An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.

Praise

  • “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.”

    NYLON

  • 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.”

    —Kirkus

  • “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.”

    —Booklist