Who Is Vera Kelly?

By Rosalie Knecht
Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

6.84 Hours 06/12/2018 unabridged
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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 coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry, and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Audible Pick of Most Anticipated Listens for Spring

A New York Times Pick of 6 Pulse-Pounding Summer Thrillers

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for June

An Elle Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A Harper’s Bazaar Pick for June

A Huffington Post Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A Chicago Review of Books Pick for June

A Crime Reads Pick of Best Crime Books of June

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Mysteries & Thrillers

A Literary Hub Pick for June

A BookRiot Pick of Most Anticipated Novels of 2018

A Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

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 coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry, and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers flawlessly portrays Vera as a troubled teenager and as the conflicted more mature operative who is trying to do the right thing in the powder keg of pre-coup Buenos Aires. Rodgers’ facility with the Spanish phrases and place names brings to life Vera’s experience in Argentina. The result is a captivating listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The twisty, literary, woman-driven spy novel you’ve always wanted to read.” Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author
“A truly fresh and original take on the spy novel..[with] a memorable heroine who seems destined to become an icon of the genre.” Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author
“A slow-burn espionage thriller, a complex treatment of queer identity, and an immersive period piece all rolled into one delectable page-turner.” Entertainment Weekly
"[A] gripping, subtle, magnificently written new spy novel…This is a cool, strolling boulevardier of a book, worldly, wry, unrushed but never slow.” New York Times
“Gripping, subtle, magnificently written.” New York Times Book Review
“John le Carré and many other writers make hay with the personal repercussions of assuming false identity. Knecht flips the terms artfully, showing us a heroine who discovers her true tough self by going undercover. By the end of Who is Vera Kelly? the reader is rooting for Vera to claim her much deserved personal freedom as much as succeed as a spy.” NPR
“Noir and full of ambiguities, doubles, and double-crosses….[with] just the kind of jolt the genre needs now and again.” Literary Hub
“There’s political intrigue, spy craft, solid location work, and all the things you would want from espionage fiction…Just the kind of jolt the genre (my beloved genre) needs now and again.” Crime Reads
“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
“This is the literary spy novel you need in your life.” Bustle magazine
“The character readers have been waiting for. A riveting, satisfying novel.” Kirkus Reviews
“A buzzing, smoky, gin-soaked charmer…[with] all the edgy fun of classic noir but in an original voice that’s fresh, brisk, and snappy.” Library Journal
“A tangled, atmospheric story that gradually builds suspense to a satisfyingly surprising denouement.” Booklist
“Sardonic, intelligent, and thrillingly original. I loved this book and I loved Vera.” Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You
“Knecht imbues the novel with emotional depth that allows for meditation on human connection and the ties that bind us to life’s worth.” Kristin Martin, author of Shadow Crown

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Author

Author Bio: Rosalie Knecht

Rosalie Knecht is a social worker in New York City and was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She is the translator of Cesar Aira’s The Seamstress and the Wind and has been a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow and a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Argentina. She has been published in Stonecutter and the New York Times.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 6.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English