Vera Kelly is not a mystery

Rosalie Knecht

Book - 2020

When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it's over, she'll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what's right in front of ...her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar. In this exciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how to follow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart.

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Series
Knecht, Rosalie. Vera Kelly series.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Spy stories
Spy fiction
Published
Portland, Oregon : Tin House 2020.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes reader's guide.
Physical Description
249 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781947793798
1947793799
Main Author
Rosalie Knecht (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Now out of the CIA, Vera Kelly (Who Is Vera Kelly?, 2018) is left by her girlfriend and fired from her news job for being a person who lives that way on the same day. She may know who she is, but fitting that persona into the New York of 1967 is another thing altogether. Vera sets up her own PI shop, and, after some demoralizing work revealing cheating spouses, a real challenge appears. The son of a prominent Dominican family has gone missing, and the boy's uncle, Mr. Ibarra, implores Vera's help. Vera again dives undercover, this time as a caseworker at a boys' home, a film scout in the DR, and a beard to a gay political reporter she meets poolside. As the stakes skyrocket, she wonders if she'll ever get back to her new girlfriend, and she's awfully glad she packed that gun after all. 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. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Knecht's excellent sequel to Who Is Vera Kelley? picks up with ex-CIA agent Vera in 1967 New York City, as she tries to solve a mystery in an era when only men are expected to do the job. Vera's poetry professor girlfriend, Jane, announces she's had enough of not feeling wanted, and leaves. Then Vera loses her editing job at a TV station after her boss finds out she'd been dating a woman. She decides to fall back on her old skills and becomes a private detective. When the Ibarra family asks Vera to find their nephew's child, Félix, who was sent to New York from the Dominican Republic amid political unrest, Vera takes on the case. Meanwhile, Vera balances the emotional consequences of her breakup with a new love interest: the bartender at her favorite, oft-raided, bar. When Vera realizes the Ibarras aren't who they say they are, her mission becomes a different one: find Félix and his real parents, reunite them, and throw the fake Ibarras off the scent. This leads her to the Dominican Republic, where the police mistake her for a spy. Knecht brilliantly captures Vera's emotions, and shines with keen observations of the varied settings. This winning literary page-turner gives a strong sense of a smart, queer, and complex person navigating an unfriendly world. (June) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sequel to Who Is Vera Kelly? finds the gay ex-CIA agent tackling her first case as a private investigator when a search for a foster child takes her from the Dominican Republic to the Caribbean. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it's over, she'll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what's right in front of her: her own desire forhome, connection, and a new romance at the local bar. In this exciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how tofollow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it’s over, she’ll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what’s right in front of her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar.In this exciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how to follow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

* A Lambda Literary Award Finalist *People