Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery

Rosalie Knecht (Author)


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.

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Tin House Books
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who is Vera Kelly? and Relief Map, and the translator of César Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind. She lives in New Jersey.


Gripping, 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.
With Vera Kelly, Rosalie Knecht has resurrected the detective novel for the 21st century. Sharp, self-possessed, and with a nuanced, meaningful knowledge of realities and histories well beyond her own, Kelly's take on who's lying and why makes for riveting reading in every scene. I tore through this book. More Vera Kelly, please.--Idra Novey, author of THOSE WHO KNEW
Readers will be thrilled by Vera Kelly's return. A worthy and welcome continuation of a subversive series.
Forget about 007. This heroine has her own brand of spycraft...
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.
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."
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.
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.